Snow Canyon, like the smaller Red Rock Canyon to the west, features lovely red Navaho sandstone. It is just outside of the swiftly growing city of St. George, Utah but it feels miles away in time and space.
183 million years ago quartzite sand covered much of what is now southern Utah creating huge sand dunes. Eventually these dunes compressed and concretized into what is now called Navaho sandstone. Then beginning 1.5 million years ago and continuing until 27,000 years ago, volcanic activity from nearby cinder cones coverered much of the area with black volcanic rock.
Navaho sandstone can range in color from red to yellow to greyish white depending on the minerals present in the sand. Snow Canyon, like much of southern Utah, exudes this rainbow effect.
Our stay at Snow Canyon was punctuated by both Pat's 66th birthday and the election... what a birthday present...'nuff said.