Winter in the Canyon

Snow in Snow Canyon

Snowfall in Snow Canyon.

Plan a visit to Snow Canyon in winter.  It is quiet and peaceful.  If you are able to visit when there has been snow, enjoy sights like this!


New Shade Pavilion

The new Chuckwalla pavilion is in place.  Other improvements in the area are underway.  Thanks  to a cooperative effort and funds from Friends of Snow Canyon and Snow Canyon State Park, visitors will now have a place to recharge and refresh out of the sun.

The structure is 20’x27’ in a trellis design. Note the lovely roof pattern in photos below. This pattern is not only attractive, but allows for a mix of shade and dappled sunlight.




Chuckwalla shade pavilion, Snow Canyon State Park

View from new Chuckwalla Shade Pavilion, Snow Canyon State Park

Donations and memberships in Friends of Snow Canyon State Park help to make these improvements.  Your continued suport is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to make a  donation to help with  other projects to support the park, click here.


Friends of Snow Canyon Receives Spirit of Service Award!

SALT LAKE CITY (July 27, 2023) –  Gov. Spencer Cox honored individuals and organizations who rendered exemplary service to others throughout the state. Four individuals and four organizations received the second annual Governor’s Spirit of Service Award in a ceremony in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted to the Governor’s Office earlier this year.

“The Spirit of Service winners are amazing examples of why Utah leads the nation in volunteerism and service,” Gov. Cox said. “I am honored to pay them tribute and recognize the good they are doing in our great state.”

THANK YOU to all Friends of Snow Canyon Members, Donors, and the Park staff for their support and efforts in making Snow Canyon State Park such a great place.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park awarded a $12,000  Ironman Foundation Community Grant

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park has been awarded an Ironman Foundation  Community Grant in the amount of $12,000. The grant funds will be utilized to build a shade and picnic pavilion at the Chuckwalla Trailhead in the Paradise Canyon management unit of the Park.   The pavilion will be completed by February 2024. The structure will be completed using monies from an estate trust and Friends will be seeking other financial grants.

         The Tortoise Sculpture 

The Tortoise Walk is complete and available for your enjoyment.  Watch the arrival and placement of the sculpture, click Here to open Utube video Weighing in excess of 4000# uploading, positioning and lowering into place was quite a project. The process took over 2 hours. Enjoy this short video that captures many of the moments.

Tortoise Sculpture

The Tortoise has arrived

This short walk features educational wayside exhibits and culminates in a seating area centered around a large desert tortoise sculpture. Financial support by The Friends of Snow Canyon has been essential to the completion of the sculpture and the walkway leading to the sculpture.  We are grateful for the many donations we have received.  If you would like to make a new or additional donation to Friends of Snow Canyon, please click Donate. Many thanks to the sculptor, Matthew Gray Palmer, for sharing the interesting videos of the sculpture in progress.

Earlier video of the sculpture taking shape

The Friends of Snow Canyon annual report is available online

2023 Annual Report will be available soon. 2023 was a busy year for Friends of Snow Canyon.  Read about the many events and projects of 2023. Learn how membership monies, donations, and the many hours of volunteer time help to make Snow Canyon a memorable experience for visitors to this amazing park.  2023 promises to be a bigger and better year with more events and opportunities to help the park. If you are not a member you might want to consider membership or make a donation. As a totally volunteer organization you can be assured your membership or donation monies will go directly to support the park.

Videos Available

Videos of our online presentations are now available for your viewing at your convenience. View recordings of our educational presentations now on YouTube. No password is needed and you can view in the YouTube app on your phone, computer or television. To view a listing of available listings on the Friends of Snow Canyon YouTube channel CLICK HERE.