Kolob Canyons is an underrated section of Zion National Park. It’s overlooked by most visitors to Zion, but it can be a rewarding area to visit if you have some time.
Naming Kolob Canyons
Kolob is a term used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members settled and are prevalent in Utah, to refer to a place close to God. Zion has religious terms all over the map, and surprisingly, most of them are not from the Church of Jesus Christ.
Access Kolob Canyons by driving on I-15. It’s about 45 minutes away from Zion Canyon and 30 minutes from St. George, Utah.
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- Cedar City has so much to do and is only 20 minutes away from the Kolob Canyons exit.
It actually has its own dedicated freeway exit! When you get off the freeway you’ll see the park sign and then…
Kolob has a small visitor center located right by the entry sign.
Kolob Canyons Road
There is only one road in Kolob Canyons. The scenic drive departs from the visitor center over the mountain pass, where the tall, red rock walls majestically appear. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to drive to the end of the road.
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The road ends at the Kolob Viewpoint. Here you can park and view the multiple slot canyons. This viewpoint is a little frustrating because it’s far away and you see the canyons at an angle.
This viewpoint is also the trailhead for the Timber Creek Overlook trail, a short, mostly flat hike that is good for kids and families.
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Hikes in Kolob Canyons
There are two main hikes in Kolob Canyons:
Taylor Creek Trail
This 4.9-mile roundtrip hike is the most popular hike in Kolob. This gets you into one of the slot canyons and provides incredible views.
The parking lot is not very big and fills up often.
Timber Creek Overlook Trail
This 1.1-mile roundtrip hike starts at the Kolob Viewpoint. It’s flat and easy but does not get you into the canyon.
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- Explore Angels Landing and The Narrows: other great hikes in Zion that we love!
Is Kolob Canyons Worth It?
Yes, it is worth visiting due to the tall canyon walls and the nice hiking opportunities. Kolob receives a fraction of the visitors that the main part of Zion receives, which is all the more reason to visit!
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What Else Do I Need to Know?
Zion National Park is crowded!
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THINGS TO DO: Don’t miss all that Zion has to offer including Emerald Pools, Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, and Kolob Canyons
WHERE TO EAT: Check out the best places to eat in and near Zion National Park
GREAT CITIES TO STAY OR CHECK OUT: Learn where to stay or camp when visiting Zion and explore some amazing cities nearby including St. George, Kanab, and Cedar City
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Find out if you need a reservation and how to use the shuttle system as well as if you can drive in Zion, which entrance to use, and how to avoid crowds
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