If you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want to have to drive very far, it’s pretty tough to beat the Scout Caves trail just outside of Snow Canyon State Park. Just because you can’t spend all day hiking doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying this amazing red rock country.
The Scout Caves Trail
The beauty of this trail is not just the ease of access, though that is a great perk. Scout Caves is a fun hike because it takes you through some interesting terrain and doesn’t make you work too hard for it. As you begin the hike, you are on a packed sandy trail that winds its way through volcanic rock flow. As you pass beyond the lava flows, you will drop down to a dried creek bed that will lead you through some interesting flora like the local Indian Paintbrush.
Enjoy the Destination
Your final goal is a pair of shallow sandstone caves that are only 40 or 50 feet deep. Despite their lack of spelunking potential, they are still fun to duck into. I loved the view looking back out towards the trail I had just come up.
Come Back for More
Whether you are in town for a convention, softball tournament, or some other time consuming activity, there is still time for one of our short hikes. The Scout Caves will acquaint you with why this area is so popular among hiking enthusiasts and hopefully make you a believer as well.
Written by: Mike Carr – Online Marketing Mike is all things digital for the Tourism Office’s marketing. So if you have a question about the website look to him. When you don’t find him at his computer you’ll most likely find him on his bike or hiking up a trail in Zion.
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