Hop Valley and Kolob Arch Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Hop Valley and Kolob Arch Trail is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,791 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Virgin: Drive northward on Kolob Terrace Road, toward Kolob Reservoir, approximately 14.5 miles. Look for a trailhead on the right side of the road immediately north of Spendlove Knoll.

backpacking
24 days ago

Extremely sandy. Make sure to go through the wheat field pasture after the first gate, going left will give you an extra 3-4 miles of sand dune hiking round trip to backtrack to the gate. The majesty of the La Verkin Creek is incredible and worth it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Stayed overnight at campsite #11, highly recommend this site. Hike along Hop Valley is very sandy but the reward at La Verkin Creek and Kolob Canyon was worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in May 2018. We only took this route to the Kolob Arch because Kolob Canyon Road was closed. Turns out the Hop Valley Trail itself was more of a treat than the glimpse of the Kolob Arch! I would go this way again, on purpose next time!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great vistas throughout the hike. Be prepared for multiple river crossings and ready to hike in miles of sand! Elevation changes vary and super fun and challenging when packing all of your gear. Bring bug repellent! No water sources until Beauty springs.

1 month ago

We did this trail last week. The trail is very sandy so expect to get a good workout. It is relatively flat until you reach the descent into the valley to the campsite. The valley itself has stunning views especially during sunrise. Expect to get your feet wet in the valley as you are going to cross the creek about a dozen times until you reach the hop valley campsite. The portion of the trail from the campsite to the Kolob arch does contain some steep hills but the view of the arch itself is worth it once you arrive. The arch is off in the distance and is easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention to the signs. Relatively few people were walking this trail so it was a great way to get great scenery in without the crowds.

backpacking
2 months ago

We finished La Verkin Creek, bypassing Kolob Arch and heading into Hop Valley on day two on the Trans Zion Trek. Least favorite day of the trip. Huge inclines, no water unless you grab it on La Verkin. From here we went to the connector trail.

6 months ago

the Kolob Arch is misleading. It's much further away from the trail then it seems from pictures. Someone carved into a tree to look up at basically the closest you can get on trail.

backpacking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Part of Zion Traverse---excellent!! The views from both ends of the trail more than make up for the sandy trail sections. Easy passage; we did it in the AM and it was very tolerable.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Great views!

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great hike!

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

The first six miles that take you through the Hop Valley are OK. You're basically walking through one long cow pasture with a dozen or so Creek crossings. But dropping down to the Laverkin Creek and up to Kolob Arch are the highlights. Good views, very Zion-esque. I'd try reaching Kolob Arch again only come from the North next time to see if it's any more scenic.

hiking
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fun trail, very different from the Zion Canyon. Views along the river are very peaceful. Ideal visit in mid march, after the thaw, but once the mud has hardenned up. Plan a long day!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My husband and I completed the Hop Valley trail as a section of the Trans-Zion hike in May 2015. The trail is mostly flat in the Valley, but of course assents/descents on either side coming in and out of it. The view coming into the Valley from LaVerkin Creek was breathtaking. Be prepared to get a little wet, the trail crosses a small stream several times. As the valley is downstream from a cattle ranch, the water here is not recommended to drink. We hiked through so didn't stop to camp, but the two campsites looked nice, surrounded by big Ponderosa pines. We saw wild turkeys there as well!

Monday, May 25, 2015

First night second day's hike in Hop Valley. A beautiful sunrise and a long days hike. Trail was moderate.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

recorded Day 2 Hop Valley

backpacking
Monday, March 13, 2017

trail running
Monday, August 25, 2014