Kolob Canyons   |  Kim Heys

Kolob Canyons

Despite its remote, road-less-traveled feel, Kolob Canyons in Zion National Park is home to nearly a dozen hiking trails. Hikes in this district of the park range from the easy stroll to Timber Creek Overlook to the longer, more strenuous overnight out-and-back to Kolob Arch.

Located 40 miles northwest of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Kolob Canyons is easily accessed off Interstate 15. And it's well worth the trip — both for the Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway and for opportunities to get out and hike on longer, adventurous trails away from the main canyon.

Note: There is no road access inside Zion National Park from Kolob Canyons to the main Zion Canyon. Overnight backpackers with a permit can hike between the sections on the Trans-Zion Trek.

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Visiting Kolob Canyons

From Springdale, follow S.R. 9 to S.R. 17 and take I-15 north. From Cedar City, head south on I-15 for 25 miles. From either direction, you'll want to take exit 40 on I-15 toward Kolob Canyons.

There are no services at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, so Cedar City is the best place to start a trip or set up a comfortable base camp, if proper accommodations are more your style. Cedar City is home to a handful of grocery stores and outdoor gear retailers.

Visitors will need to stop at the visitor center to pay the Zion National Park entrance fee, annual national park passes are also accepted. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, open daily, has a small bookstore, some interpretive exhibits and an information desk, where a ranger is stationed to answer questions and issue permits. The NPS website also regularly updates the condition of various water sources in the park, so be sure to check whether your intended source is flowing before heading into the desert, especially for a multi-day trip.

Things to Do

When to Visit

Broadly speaking, the season for Kolob Canyons is March through November. Kolob Canyons can offer a respite from the crowds in the better-known areas of the park. To further minimize encounters with other hikers and backpackers, an off-season visit is the best bet. Average highs in the area hover in the mid-60s Fahrenheit in October, and, as a bonus, fall colors are in full swing. Depending on the year, visitors may continue to hike well into November and get an early start in the spring. Kolob is at a higher elevation than Zion Canyon so winter snowfall frequently leads to road closures. With the privilege of solitude, of course, comes some responsibility: it’s crucial that visitors to the park follow Leave No Trace principles to keep Kolob Canyons beautiful.

Backpacking in Kolob Canyons

There are no campgrounds in Kolob Canyons; it’s only backcountry camping at designated sites and a permit is required. Day hikers should plan to bring all the water they’ll need, but those heading out a bit farther can expect to find water at one of the 17 backcountry campsites along La Verkin Creek or at Beatty Spring. Plan to treat water from the creek, as the sites are downstream from the agricultural zone higher on the plateau.

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A Visitor's Guide to Zion's Kolob Canyons

Written By Matcha

In the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park, you’ll find a scenic wonderland with an adventure for everyone. Learn more about this unforgettable attraction and plan a visit.

Hiking, Scenic Drives, Southwestern, Camping and Backpacking, Climbing and Canyoneering

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Kolob Canyons Area

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