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Snow Canyon

Amazing video of Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

Snow Canyon was created in 1958. Originally called Dixie State Park, it was later renamed for Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, prominent pioneers in Southern Utah. Its history goes as far back as to the Ancestral Puebloans that inhabited the region from AD 200-1250. Paiute Indians used the canyon from AD 1200 to the mid-19th century. Mormon pioneers discovered Snow Canyon in the 1850s while searching for lost cattle. Many movies have been filmed in Snow Canyon such as The Conqueror (1956) starring John Wayne, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Electric Horseman, Jeremiah Johnson, Run of the Arrow (1957), They Came to Cordura (1959), The Appaloosa (1966), Six Black Horses (1962), Bullet for a Badman (1964) and Gunpoint (1966).

Various types of desert shrubs are found in the park such as creosote bush, scrub oak, yucca, cacti, and sagebrush.
Wildlife in Snow Canyon includes the Gila monster, peregrine falcon, and desert tortoise. Other wildlife includes the giant desert hairy scorpion, coyote, Mojave sidewinder, red-spotted toad, Utah banded gecko, and the side-blotched lizard, among many others.

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