Zion’s Kolob Section: 3 Fantastic Hikes Outside the Main Canyon
The Kolob section of Zion National Park is located outside the main canyon but still within Park boundaries. Because of this, it doesn’t see anywhere near the foot traffic that the main canyon does. Granted, the main canyon does have Angel’s Landing, Observation Point, the Narrows, Riverside Walk, and some of the other popular destinations. But the only reason the other hikes in the Kolob section aren’t as well known is simply because of its somewhat removed location. It’s about 40 minutes from Springdale (take I-15 north and get off Exit 40. The drive is incredible, by the way). There are many fantastic hikes here, especially backpacking and overnight ones. The most appealing aspect of visiting the Kolob section of Zion is the seclusion. If that sounds like something up your alley, you are going to absolutely love this area. Get to know three of the great hikes in the Kolob section by reading ahead.
Timber Creek Overlook Trail
One of the best things about the journey to Timber Creek Overlook Trail is the amazing drive that gets you there. This is one of the best scenic drives in Southern Utah for sure. Once you get to the trailhead, you’ll find yourself standing on a ridge with a breathtaking viewpoint. This is called the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. Heading south from the parking lot, you’ll journey down a relatively short trail that leads to even more amazing views. Come here in time for the sun to set while you’re here and you’ll remember this for a very long time.
Taylor Creek Trail
Arguably the most popular trail in Zion’s Kolob Section, Taylor Creek is also one of the few official trails in the area and is made up of one of many finger canyons. It’s about 5 miles roundtrip and does have a few rough spots, but for the most part, this is a mostly easy journey. Along the way, you’ll get to cross a few streams, view some old historic cabins from the turn of the century, and see the famous Double Arch Alcove.
North Fork of Taylor Creek
The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek is technically where you are when you’re hiking the above mentioned Taylor Creek Trail, but to the south and north, there are more finger canyons with more trails, more sights, and more adventure. If you take the north fork route (by the historic Larson cabin), the stream bed will lead you to a landmark called Tucupit Point which is a gorgeous canyon. The middle fork off-shoot tends to be more popular, but many people prefer the north fork of Taylor Creek.