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Scout Caves, Ivins, Utah

The main Scout Cave is a large cave north of the Snow Canyon Parkway in Ivins, Utah. The cave is reached from the Snow Canyon Drive just south of the Snow Canyon State Park.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 4.5 miles return – moderate
Elevation gain: 200 feet
Terrain: rocky and sandy trail – easy
Exposure: minor – easy

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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 Scout Caves Trail head is located a few hundred feet south of the south entry station.

Directions to Scout Caves

Directions to Scout Caves

The Trail

The Scout Cave trail branches off the Johnson Canyon Trail about 0.3 miles from the parking lot (GPS N 37 10.693 W 113 38.715). Turn right where the trail follows the volcanic ridge for about 0.6 miles. The trail then drops down into the large wash below. Follow this wash for about 0.8 miles to a set of stairs to a ridge from where you can see the caves. Follow the trail to the large cave a distance of about 0.4 miles.

There are three caves and a small slot canyon on the distant hill. The main cave is easily accessible. The entrance to the second cave a short distance east is blocked by a rock wall but could be ascended with difficulty. A third cave is located some distance west of the main cave.

Here are some pictures taken on January 20, 2016.