Petrified Dunes in Snow Canyon State Park is a great place to let the kids explore and enjoy the amazing natural dunes. This is a kid-friendly activity, however I wouldn’t describe it as a trail. This is more of a place to walk wherever you want and enjoy the scenery. The Petrified Dunes does give you connections to many other hikes within Snow Canyon.
The Petrified Dunes is accessed just north of the Upper and Lower Galoots picnic areas. Right as you enter the park you will see a wooden sign directing you towards the dunes (although they are hard to miss).
Just keep moving past the signs showing you which direction to wander. The dunes rise nearly 300 feet above the canyon, but the edges are pretty smooth (mostly just slopes and hills) so you don’t have to worry too much about the kids…I mean, still watch them and all…but they are relatively safe.
We are coming off a few wet months so the greenery was outstanding. There were even some puddles and ponds on the dune with some tadpoles. The kids could have stayed for hours.
Those views!! We could not get enough. It was a bit windy on the day we visited (storm was coming), but that was part of the fun. My 6-year-old was sure he may blow off the dune at any second.
We trekked around the dunes for almost 1 mile, but we could have stayed longer. If you head directly over the dues, you can meet up with the 3 Ponds Trail, or loop back to the start of the Petrified Dunes trailhead and start the Butterfly Trail. This is one of my favorites!
If you plan on taking the Butterfly Trail, you can also meet up with the Lava Flow Trail and see a few of the lava caves along the way.
Things to Remember:
- Not an official trail. Dunes are more for playing on.
- Junctions with Butterfly Trail, Three Ponds Trail
- Great views!
- Bring a picnic!
- If it has rained, stone may be a bit slippery.
- Summer time will heat those rocks up! Stay cool.
- NO SHADE
Spending time in Snow Canyon State Park and want more kid-friendly trials, check out our other reviews here!