Johnson Canyon

The popular Johnson Canyon trail is accessed from a trailhead parking area on Snow Canyon Drive near the Park’s south entrance station.  Due to critical habitat and sensitive natural resources in the canyon, the trail is closed from March 15 to September 14, except on official ranger-guided hikes.  The round-trip hike is just short of 2 miles long.  Easy and generally level, the trail is well marked and includes some rocky lava sections and possible wet areas deep in the canyon.  The trail leads visitors to a sheltered red rock canyon filled with willows and cottonwoods and to a beautiful arch spanning 200 feet.    No dogs or other pets are allowed in the canyon, on or off leash, to protect critical wildlife and large numbers of visitors during the open season.  Visitors may take the first part of the trail to access the west end of the popular Scout Cave trail.