Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon is within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve adjacent to Snow Canyon State Park. The marked trail runs above the east bank of the wash and continues through private property owned by Tuacahn and lands administered by Snow Canyon State Park. The trail is a bit strenuous in the first section that climbs to the top of a saddle, but the payoff is worth the effort. The photo below is the view you’ll be treated to. I took my daughter’s family on this hike that included a 5-year old. Once you reach the saddle, the trail descends through a beautiful red rock canyon and follows a wash to a junction that leads to Snow Canyon State Park’s main road or you can continue to Three Pools. The trail at this point is in a deep sandy wash. Padre Canyon can be accessed from a pull-over just outside the south Tuacahn Center main gate on Tuacahn Drive or from the Tuacahn parking lot via a small connector trail at the northeast portion of the facility. When hiking with others, we generally park a car at Tuachan and a second car at the Three Pools or Petrified Dunes parking lot in Snow Canyon State Park and hike out rather than back track. Another option is to park at Johnson Canyon and do the seven-mile loop. (Click on header for details, scroll to the bottom for map and directions)

Previous photos of the day (click on thumbnail photos below to enlarge)

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