We visited Kolob Canyon on our way down to Zion National Park by accident. At the time, I had no idea that this little desert gem existed. Thankfully, we stopped and I’m so glad that we did! Here are 4 reasons why I think Kolob Canyon at Zion National Park is worth a visit!
#1 Kolob Canyon is easily accessible from I-15
First of all, the entrance to Kolob Canyon is easily accessible. It is located in the north-west section of Zion National park, 40 miles north of Zion Canyon, and has its own exit. To get there, head south on Utah Interstate 15 and then take exit 40.
This exit gives you instant access to E Kolob Canyon Road. The visitor’s center is located just as you exit on the right. There you can show your National Parks pass for free access or pay for entrance to all of Zion National Park.
This short scenic byway offers several pull outs with signs full of great information.
There is plenty to see just from the road. I loved seeing the tall Navajo Sandstone cliffs, as well as the interesting rock formations!
Although Kolob Canyon is open year round, closures can occur. Check the National Parks Service website before making your trip.
#2 Kolob Caynon provides a quiet retreat, avoiding the large crowds
Because Kolob Canyon is less well known than the more popular parts of Zion National Park, we had the park to ourselves. This canyon provided a peaceful, quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Because of this solitude, we stoped often and soaked in the surrounding beauty.
This tranquil beauty made our unexpected trip worth it.
#3 If you have the time, Kolob Canyon offers ample hiking opportunities
We didn’t plan ahead and so didn’t benefit from the hikes. That said, according to the National Parks Service, there are over 20 miles of hiking trails in Kolob Canyon.
Trailheads are located all along E Kolob Drive. One hike takes you to Kolob Arch, a difficult 14.4 miles round trip. Others include canyon streams, cascading falls, arches, and stunning vistas. For more information about hiking in Kolob Canyon, visit Utah.com.
If you are looking for some tranquil desert solitude with ample hiking, then I would definitely include this part of Zion National Park in your trip.
#4 Kolob Canyon is simply beautiful
Finally, even if you don’t have time for hiking, the last reason to visit Kolob Canyon is simply because it’s beautiful.
The desert formations offer a lot of eye candy full of strata and diversity.
All of these photos were taken from E Kolob Road.
This scenic byway is short and completely doable on your way to Zion Canyon.
It allows you to step away from the crowds, break up your trip, and simply enjoy being in nature.
Once your visit is over, hopping back onto 1-15 to see the rest of Zion National Park is a breeze.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about visiting Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park! Thanks for reading and sharing my adventures with me!
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