Southern Utah state park to get new entrance, ‘fast pass’ to handle growing number of visitors

Snow Canyon State Park entry moving further south after Ivins bequeaths road.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A cyclist nears the top of Snow Canyon State Park, surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and ancient lava flows.

Ivins • The southern entrance to Snow Canyon State Park will be moving a little more south, as the city of Ivins has donated a portion of Snow Canyon Drive to the park.

The move that has been more than three years in the making was confirmed in a unanimous, 5-0 vote by the Ivins City Council recently.

As part of the deal, the park will take over ownership and maintenance of Snow Canyon Drive from the existing entrance to the northern border of the Vermillion Cliffs subdivision and create a new, larger entrance about 400 yards south of the present entry.

The new entry will include a “fast pass” lane for annual park holders and a longer entry designed to lessen the back-ups at the entrance that have grown with the park’s popularity according to Kristen Comella, manager of the park.

“The idea is to ease revenue collection and make people feel more like they’re in the park,” Comella told the council during a previous meeting on Jan. 18.

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