White Rocks Amphitheater is a short hike just outside the boundary of Snow Canyon State Park. The hike is short, but does have some fairly steep slick rock that must be traversed. It was very easy for our active boys, but make sure to wear good shoes and be prepared for hot temperatures!
- Distance: 0.9 mile RT
- Rating: Easy
- Elevation Gain: 125 feet
- Dog-Friendly: No
- Fee: Snow Canyon State Park Fee
The trailhead for White Rocks Amphitheater lies just north of the north entrance to Snow Canyon State Park. There is a small parking lot, and the trail leads down the hill through the brush to the west. The trail is well-defined and easy to follow. You may see lizards, snakes, and if you are really lucky, a desert tortoise.
The trail winds down to the base of a rocky escarpment. As it turns to the right (north), it crosses over on to the white rocks that give the amphitheater its name. After following along the foot of the slickrock for a short distance, a sign comes into view pointing directly up the rocky surface. The climb isn’t too steep, nor too difficult, but on a breezy day, the wind can really whip off these rocks.
The climb into the actual amphitheater is short, at only about 100 yards. At the top, you find yourself in a large bowl that really does look like an amphitheater. At times, there may be water in the bottom of the bowl, but with the ongoing drought, it is currently dry.
After admiring the rocks and checking the echo, return the same way you came. To read more about Snow Canyon State Park, check out our post on this area.