We had never heard of Kolob Canyon until we stayed in Kanarraville, UT and had no idea is was part of Zion. It is literally one exit south on I-15. There is a short 5 mile scenic drive that ends at an overlook. You can see all the Kolob Finger Canyons. At the overlook, there is a trail called Timber Creek. It is about a mile and ends at a panoramic vista. From here, you can see Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace and the Pine Valley mountains beyond Saint George. We hiked the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek one sunny December day with temperatures in the low to mid 50's. The trailhead is about 2 miles from the Visitor Center. It's a 5 1/2 mile trail and it took us 3 hours round trip. This included many stops for photos! The trail is well maintained with "steps" built into the uphill portions. The longest hill is right at the beginning. There are loose rocks and uneven terrain in places. All the water crossings (we counted 54 one way) have strategically placed rocks for easy access. Most of the hike is in the shadows of the mountains so be sure to dress appropriately. The wind picked up while we were hiking and it became considerably colder. You pass two homestead cabins and end at a double arch water-streaked alcove with hanging gardens. This hike offers unbelievable beauty and peace. It is difficult to envision the powerful forces of nature that created this unusual terrain. We really enjoyed this hike!
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