Southwest Corner Scenic Drive St George to Littlefield, Arizona Loop

Veyo, Utah

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A loop tour, combining redrock canyon and dry Mojave Desert scenery. As you might expect, this is a warm spot, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. The landscape tends toward dry, rocky desert, with the exception of the pleasant, narrow valley carved by the little Santa Clara River (through which part of this drive runs). To the north of St. George, the forested Pine Valley and Bull Valley mountains provide a cool, green refuge from the often blistering temperatures down here in Utah’s lowest and warmest corner. The total distance of this drive is approximately 100 miles, depending on which options you choose to follow. The short diversion into Snow Canyon should not be considered a mere sidetrip option; along with the Joshua trees to the west of here, the scenery in Snow Canyon is the real must-do highlight of this drive. Special attractions: Snow Canyon sandstone formations, volcanic cinder cones, Mojave Desert/Joshua Tree Scenic Backway, and rock climbing. Nearby attractions: Mountain Meadows, Pine Valley, Lytle Reserve, and gaming in Nevada.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

A loop tour, combining redrock canyon and dry Mojave Desert scenery. As you might expect, this is a warm spot, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. The landscape tends toward dry, rocky desert, with the exception of the pleasant, narrow valley carved by the little Santa Clara River (through which part of this drive runs). To the north of St. George, the forested Pine Valley and Bull Valley mountains provide a cool, green refuge from the often blistering temperatures down here in Utah’s lowest and warmest corner.

The total distance of this drive is approximately 100 miles, depending on which options you choose to follow. The short diversion into Snow Canyon should not be considered a mere sidetrip option; along with the Joshua trees to the west of here, the scenery in Snow Canyon is the real must-do highlight of this drive. Special attractions: Snow Canyon sandstone formations, volcanic cinder cones, Mojave Desert/Joshua Tree Scenic Backway, and rock climbing. Nearby attractions: Mountain Meadows, Pine Valley, Lytle Reserve, and gaming in Nevada.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Veyo
Distance: 100
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Southwest Corner Scenic Drive: St. George to Littlefield, Arizona Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

9/19/2008
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We did the northern part of the loop on our way from Cedar City to Zion and did the Joshua Tree section on 9/25/08 on our way back to Las Vegas from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The highlight of the drive is Snow Canyon State Park. Plan on spending a few hours here. The hiking is great. We did the Lava Flow Trail which offers great views of West Canyon and the White Rocks Trail. The Joshua Tree Loop offers spectacular scenery but there are a few deep sand sections that require care and preferably 4WD. The road was closed for construction a few miles from the southern junction with Old US91 and we had to backtrack. This however was no hardship since the drive in the reverse direction is just as great.



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