Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail is a 13.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1843 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

The trail begins at Lee Pass and passes by the open finger canyons of the near-by cliffs as it travels along Timber Creek. After coming around the corner and within view of La Verkin Creek, the trail descends the slope down to the creek bottom on a hard packed trail. Once on the creek bed, the trail heads up stream offering amazing views of the surrounding cliffs. The trail is 7 miles from Lee Pass to Kolob Arch, one of the main destinations of the route and possibly the nations largest free-standing arch. From there you can continue up canyon to Beartrap Canyon and Willis Canyon to extend your trip or offer day hiking options. This is a great area to spend a few days. This trail is best in the spring, summer and fall. The trail typically has snow in the winter that can remain until early spring. Camping is in designated sites only and is available for reservations online or on a walk-up basis. Their are 13 backpack camps along the trail

backpacking
3 days ago

This was an awesome hike. Beautiful scenery and lots of creek hopping across rocks. Plenty of places to stop and rest along the water. Campsites were big. Keep an eye on water levels if you are getting a spot across the river.

hiking
25 days ago

We made 13 of the 15 miles and had to turn back due to lack of water. We hiked in late August, 3 adults, 2 older teens, and 1 ten year old. We each had a 70 ounce camel pak and 2 16 ounce back up bottles. We made it to site 6, stopped to eat lunch and found out that every one had gone through all of their 70 ounce hydration pak and some had cracked into their back up water. We were very sad to not be able to make it to the arch, but in the August heat, better safe than sorry.
When hiking in the summer, take the 140 ounces that are recommended! We're going to try this hike again in the spring and do it as an overnight hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Lightly trafficked. great way to experience zion without the crowds or hassle. VERY close encounter with a rattlesnake and saw numerous fresh cat prints. I recommend making a lot of noise in the grassy areas to let animals know you are coming, they are not as used to hikers as in the main valley. there are warnings about mountain lions. be aware of when the birds suddenly stop singing and pay attention.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

The hike in was pretty and camping near the creek was nice, but the Kolob Arch was a little disappointing. The end of the trail doesn't take you close enough and the view is mostly blocked by trees. I would do this hike again, but maybe explore Bear Trap Canyon instead of hiking to the arch. We stayed at La Verkin Creek site 5, but liked site 6 more since it was on the other side of the creek and more secluded.

backpacking
2 months ago

So. Many. Mosquitoes. Don't stay at campsite 3. Me and my father got that for one night and then 7 for the second. There were over 30 mosquitoes on my neck and all over my body we couldn't take it so we hiked to 8 where thankfully no one was at. We had to sit in the tent the entire time due to mosquitoes but nothing was as bad as 3

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike to get away from the crowds at Zion. The arch is across the canyon from the end of the trail. A bit anti-climatic for some but I enjoyed it.

backpacking
3 months ago

Another great hike out to Kolob Arch as part of the Zion Traverse this time. Great weather and camping, and Beatty Spring was flowing well and clear.

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backpacking
5 months ago

Bring friends and a camera.

hiking
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hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike today-it was very muddy but overall an enjoyable hike. It does get pretty long on the way back. If you continue on the trail beyond the sign saying trail is done, you can get up to a nice rock area with a better view of the arch.

hiking
7 months ago

It took us 5.5 hours, 15 miles to hike to the arch, this sign is small and the arch is up high if someone wasn't there to point it out we would of hiked passed it. Amazing views along the way, well worth it, easy hike if you can endure the milage.