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“Kolob Canyons worth the drive”
Review of Kolob Canyons

Kolob Canyons
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Scenic canyons located on the northwest section of Zion offer scenic overlooks onto natural arches, waterfalls, and the myriad colors of this popular National Park.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stopped at Kolob Canyons for a wonderful drive and some walking. You can drive to the end of the road and then take a 1/2 mile walk to get different views of the butts across the canyon. Took a lot of photos.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Taylor Creek Trail was around 5 miles long. We left at 1:30 and returned about 4:30. But we also got stuck in a thunderstorm with hail and echoing thunder, which was pretty amazing. The water formed a waterfall right above us. The trail had wildlife. We saw several squirrels, lizards, and a deer. The trail ends with the "double arches" which is kind of a cave at the base of the two large rock mountains.

The Timber Creek Trail was a shorter trail -- only a mile, but kind of steep. The overlook is gorgeous and great for taking pictures. It was still cloudy after the storm, but we still got some great pictures.

The Kolob Canyons did not have many people at all. The main entrance to Zion Nat'l Park was much more populated.

1  Thank Christina D
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Pros: Short, but extremely scenic, beautiful canyon. A great 5 mile drive with the entrance right off the highway. Especially good when you don't have time for the rest of the park. Not crowded at all. Make sure to stop for a while at the top and take in the scenery. The red rocks look even more colorful in the evening sun.

Cons: Really short.

Thank RoapTripper3081
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you don't have time for Zion (make the time), this part of the park will give you a glimpse. Although, it is different from the larger Zion. Even if you go to both, it is worth you time, we went to both and enjoyed them.

Thank chickeebabe
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We'd hiked Bryce for two days, the main section of Zion for two days, Cedar Breaks, and even a slot canyon over the course of our 8 day visit and had one unplanned day. Based on reviews we headed to the "other" part of Zion, the Kolob Canyons section off of I-15 and not connected to the main park. One of the feature trails is the Taylor Creek Trail, an out and back that is a little better than 5 miles total and takes you back to a picturesque double arch alcove (apparently meaning there is a arch, but not an open space under it). It follows a creek bed (Taylor Creek) in a progressively narrowing canyon the whole way. You cross the creek multiple times, but it was shallow enough that you can stone hop without getting the shoes wet. A beautiful trail! Saw lots of lizards, several wild turkeys, and (yes) two rattlesnakes (that had little interest in us and were far enough away to see, but not be a risk).

Make sure to follow the canyon up a bit further from the double arch alcove as the walls come together. If there has been sufficient rain in the area there will be a nice waterfall in a slot less than a 1/4 mile up canyon.

While this trail does gain altitude while working its way up the canyon, it is very gradual and pretty kid friendly. My 7 year old made the hike with limited assistance and we saw other families who also had grade-schoolers along for the hike. Bring water and a hat! The trail has frequent shade, but also lots of sun. It was a very fun hike and a little different personality from the "main" Zion hikes. Make sure to drive up the value to the overlooks of the Kolob Canyon area.

1  Thank Kevin L
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