Hop Valley and Kolob Arch Trail is a 14.6 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
First night second day's hike in Hop Valley. A beautiful sunrise and a long days hike. Trail was moderate.