Kolob Arch Zion National Park
Unlike the main Zion Canyon, the Kolob section is much less crowded. But Kolob, is beautiful in its own sout, hexagonal way. This area is part of Zion Wilderness, so no blazes, but there are signs at trail junctions. It was created as a result of vertical joint expansion, wall collapse and erosion.
Kolob Canyons Wilderness Hiking Trails
The weather was not a guarantee but we figured this would be better than sitting in our hotel room. The weather became an issue about 2 hours into the hike and at Kolob Arch Zion National Park point we were an hour away from the arch so we kept going.
The first 10 or so creek crossings were easy since we could jump across rocks. But there were much larger Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt that had become flooded by the heavy rain.
This meant that we had to cross in knee deep, freezing water to get to the arch. We did it and continued to ascend to the arch viewing. Again, the weather cause the arch to be in clouds when we reached it so it was a bit anticlimactic. The way back was quite a bit muddier and we now had to cross every single creek about a dozen in the water with no rocks to buffer us.
We were racing though just to get out so we did the whole trip in 6hours. There are several companies that give tours with various types of vehicles, ATV’s, side-by-sides and jeeps. To Kolob Arch Zion National Park it up we had a great time.
Our driver,Kim was fabulous. Make sure you ask for Kim. It’s about an hour drive from Springdale. Unlike the main Zion Canyon, the Kolob section is much less crowded. The first part is rather steep downhill, so the very end if uphill.
Besides that, it’s a very pleasant hike. From Lee Pass, the trail descends about three miles along Timber Creek dry when we hiked and then turns left and follows La Verkin Creek upstream. There are a number of backcountry campsites all along the trail if you want to make an overnight trip, but all camping in the park requires a permit.
In just under 7 miles, a spur trail to the left leads about a half-mile to a viewpoint of the Kolob Arch Zion National Park. This area is part of Zion Wilderness, so no blazes, but there are signs at trail junctions. The Kolob Arch Trail ends at a viewpoint of the arch, but we found a better spot by climbing up some rocks. The arch is huge – even viewing from a distance. It’s tucked away in a small canyon and I guess that protects it from erosion. The arch itself its very nicebut its hard to admire itbecause its very difficult to get really close to it.
The journey to Kolob’s arch is worth the trip. Go if you canyou won’t be disappointed.
Kolob Arch Zion – Lee Pass Trailhead
Kolob Arch Sitting right up against the backside of Gregory Butte, Kolob Arch is not as dramatic as some other famous arches—it lacks the framed-blue-sky effect that makes Landscape and Delicate Arches so well-known. The arch itself its very nice , but its hard to admire it , because its very difficult to get really close to it. Length: 14 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Strenuous There are two basic ways to reach the arch. Download the Wilderness Guide from our website for the full map of the Zion Wilderness.