Snow Canyon State Park offers new Desert Discovery Pass for residents

IVINS – Snow Canyon State Park now offers the Snow Canyon Desert Discovery Pass, an annual day-use pass available to residents and other frequent park visitors for just $30.

Previously, the only option available for frequent visitors to Snow Canyon State Park was purchasing the $75 Utah Annual Parks Pass.

It’s an effort to make an easier impact on the wallet of the local folks that come in here all the time, just to this park, and don’t want to buy an annual pass to all of the state parks,” Jordan Perez, assistant park manager, said.

The pass is new this season and has only been available for a couple of weeks. It replaces the annual $24 pass for pedestrians and bicyclists but also includes vehicles, Perez said.

The pass itself is designed for easy use for frequent park visitors. It is perforated and breaks into two pieces – one to hang in a vehicle and the other, credit-card-sized, to carry in a pocket or pack.

“Now you can carry it when you’re walking, biking or driving, no matter what, just into Snow Canyon,” Perez said.

The pass waives the entrance fee for up to eight people in the same private vehicle and is good for one year from the month purchased.

While the new pass was created with locals in mind, it is available to everyone, Perez said.

“The Desert Discovery Pass is in response to requests for more affordable access for area residents,” Snow Canyon State Park Manager Kristen Comella said in a press statement. “The Snow Canyon Citizen Advisory Team comprised of representatives from the surrounding communities and the various user groups put a lot of effort into reviewing our current fee structure and brainstorming alternatives. The Citizen Team, along with the Snow Canyon Joint Management Committee … are eager to launch this pass.”

The committee represents the park, Washington County, Ivins, Santa Clara and St. George.

The new Desert Discovery Pass can be purchased at the Snow Canyon State Park entrance gates or at the park office, located at the Snow Canyon State Park campground.

For more information, visit the Snow Canyon State Park Web page or call 435-628-2255.

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5 Comments

  • Billy Madison April 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Yea, finally someone with some common sense came up with a good idea. Now I can go to the sand dunes (which are mostly overgrown with weeds from non-use) a few times in the Summer and play in the sand again. I almost feel like dancing!

  • twhafen April 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    You know the State parks commission lied to everyone at a public hearing at Snow Canyon High School. At that meeting they told the citizens of Washington County that they weren’t going to CHARGE the Citizens of the county a fee to use the park!!! You know they are charging us so the LAZY PARK RANGER’S can sit in their office and drink coffee, take daily naps, talk about how nice their job is!!!! It still should be a no fee park for the county residents! You’re still going to be charged to drive straight thru!!!! Which is still all a big pile of cow dung!!! Greedy a….*!
    *Ed. ellipses

    • fun bag April 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      write a letter to the governor. i’m sure he cares

  • Free Parking April 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Ha ha you got edited LOL.!… Maybe St George news could put some crying towels out for the. Whiners and cry babies.

  • Free Parking April 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Uh Dear Mr Governor. How are you today.? I am writing you this letter to let you know that TWHAFEN is upset and I don’t know why because I really don’t care. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. LOL.. have a nice day.. signed… some guy that didn’t vote fer ya

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