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Kolob Canyons – Zion National Park
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Overview
Location

Near Cedar City, Utah

Sights

Huge formations in a very pretty valley, Hikes

Distance

5 mile drive to the overlook

Time Required

1-2 Hours

Fees

$25 Zion entrance fee

Best Season

Any

Trail Condition

Paved Road

Restrooms

At the visitor center and overlook

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

No

Food

In Cedar CIty

Driving Directions



The Trail:

Kolob Canyons is a part of Zion that is really amazing for several reasons. There are FAR less people here. Even in summer the crowds are bearable since it is an hour or so drive from Zion Canyon. The place is absolutely gorgeous. I could argue that it is prettier than the main Zion. Its an amazing place to see at sunset.  Its a great place where you can spend a whole day hiking or just go for a one hour evening drive to see the beauty. There is a small visitor center where you can pay the Zion entrance fees.

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The two biggest trails are Double Arch Alcove, and Kolob Arch. Kolob arch is a long strenuous day hike that I have not done yet but plan on in the future. Its I believe the second largest free standing arch on earth.

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Double Arch Alcove is a pretty little spot that I have done and is a great family friendly hike that you also get to see some old pioneer cabins. The alcove itself is really green as water seeps through the rock.

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The main purpose of this trek is the scenic drive that is really amazing to see the valley. The drive is only five miles to the overlook but takes a while because there are tons of winding turns and gorgeous sights so just go slow and enjoy. The road is the classic Zion red.

Kolob Canyons

The day we were here snow was melting so we saw this cool waterfall.

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Once at the overlook the views are fantastic. One of the best vistas you will see anywhere.

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The Return:

The road is an out and back.

Personal Thoughts: 

This is a great place to spend an hour or two on your way to or from Zion. It is right off I-15, not very crowded, and well worth a visit.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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