Jenny’s Canyon is a short family friendly hike into a narrow slot canyon in beautiful Snow Canyon State Park. This easy trail is mostly flat with just a few steps and short slopes making it suitable for adults and children of any skill level. Jenny’s Canyon is closed annually from March 15 to June 1.
The signed Jenny’s Canyon Trailhead (37.188226,-113.644394) is located on the east side of Snow Canyon Road, approximately one half mile north of the south entrance to Snow Canyon State Park.
Parking is very limited, so get there early. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.
The Jenny’s Canyon trail winds through an easy-to-follow sandy trail, passing through a bench of sagebrush, yucca, and other native plants. After about a hundred yards, the trail crosses a dry wash. During storms this wash may become a flowing river of mud and debris, so use caution if weather is a concern.
After crossing the wash, the trail continues east toward the prominent rock wall directly in front of you. At the mouth of the slot canyon, the trail splits. To the right is a short but steep path to a nice overlook of the canyon and to the left is Jenny’s Canyon. The overlook is a worthwhile stop if you have the time and energy. It only takes a few minutes but is quite steep with constructed rock stairs that climb about 60 feet up to the overlook.
As you enter the slot canyon, the walls close in. This is a great place to beat the heat on a hot summer day. The walls inside the slot canyon are beautifully sculpted with small arches and miniature pockets all around, giving it an almost melted appearance. Look up when you reach the end of the canyon to catch a view of the small sliver of sky visible from inside. The slot section of Jenny’s Canyon is not very long, but the scenery is on par with other great slot canyons in Utah that are much more difficult to reach.
- Closed annually from March 15 to June 1.
- All vehicles entering Snow Canyon State Park must pay a day use fee of $6 per vehicle.
- Camping is available in the park for an additional fee.
- No pets.
- Stay on marked trails.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- This area can be very hot during summer. Make sure all members of your group carry and drink enough water.
- Hike early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the hottest times of day.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.