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Lava Flow Trail – Snow Canyon

The Lava Flow Trail is an easy trail through black lava flows. Along the route there are several lava tubes two of which can be entered fairly easily. The largest lava tube is at the end of the trail before the trail drops into the valley below.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1.7 Miles return – easy
Elevation gain: <100 feet - easy Terrain: gravel and lava rocks - easy Exposure: none - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

Snow Canyon State Park is located just north of Ivins Utah.

If travelling north from St George, take SR18, North Bluff Street, to the Snow Canyon Parkway. Turn left at the light onto this parkway and travel 4.0 miles to Snow Canyon Drive. Turn right and travel north 0.7 miles to the south entry fee station.

If travelling from the north on SR18, exit at the State Park sign and travel south a short distance to the north unmanned fee station. From here it is 4.0 miles to the south entry booth.

The Lava Flow Trailhead is located 3.6 miles north of the south entry station.

The Trail

The trail is hard packed sand and gravel and lava rocks. There are several lava tubes which can be entered. The largest one is just before the trail drops down into the valley to join the West Canyon Road. You can travel some 50 feet into this tube but you need a good flashlight.

To the south of this point there is a 100 foot high pyramidal shaped slickrock hill which can easily be ascended from the west side. From the summit you have excellent views of the surrounding area.

Return to the parking lot on the same trail or you can make a loop return on the Whiterocks Trail.

GPS Track Along Lava Tubes Trail

GPS Track Along Lava Tubes Trail

View of Large Lava Tube and Observation Hill

View of Large Lava Tube and Observation Hill

Here are some pictures taken on March 13, 2013.
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