Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail

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Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail is a 13.7 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.

13.7 miles
1650 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running





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

15 days ago

This was a fun little trip, the trail was a easy enough of a hike but got a little more difficult as I was approaching the Arch. Also at first I didn't see where the Arch was because it was so far from where the trail technically ends. But the other views of the mountains made up for it.

2 months ago

Nice hike, quiet as it was snow ladden but never the less beautiful!!

4 months ago

loved it! I recommend hiking up the stream bed bellow the arch as far as possible. this allows dor.much better viewing of the arch!

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

8 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

8 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

Bring friends and a camera.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The arch is huge but the trail really doesn't get very close.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The arch was a bit anticlimactic, but the scenery was quite unique. Love the red desert stone and landscape. We saw a Sonoran King Snake and a rather large Garter Snake, but otherwise uneventful trip.

Friday, August 26, 2016

great overnight backpacking trip campsites 7-10 have great places to filter water and plenty of trees for hammocks

Friday, May 06, 2016

The trail is pretty easy, it's mostly level. To get to the arch, our app tracked 16 miles, as opposed to the 14 advertised. The arch is a little difficult to see, and it's hard to get really good pictures, but it was still really cool. It took us about 8 hours to complete the hike. The waterfall next to the arch was actually my favorite part.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The views and the nature around the trail was beautiful. However I didn't think that the hike was worth seeing the arch. I thought the arch was going to be something right in front of us but it was very far away. Also there and back for the hike was around 16 miles.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Very good hike. We hiked about 5 miles in and camped for a night before continuing the next morning to the impressive arch and then hiking back out. Most of the campsites are alongside La Verkin Creek and you need to reserve them at the park office. Some are a little better than others, but there's not a huge difference once you get to the ones near the creek. We did it in November and only saw one other person during the entire hike.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fun hike!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Very beautiful winter hike! Lots to explore!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Went in the summer in mid July. It was hot in the afternoon but cooled right on down at night, not cold though. It is one of the best overnighters I've done so far, I think it was campsite six or seven my buddy and I had, if I'm correct is on the other side of the creek and tucked away. Most of the sites by the creek are great all the same. There is enough distant between campsites you probably won't hear people(unless they are boy scouts haha). The water was so nice since it was hot. I brought a lifestraw which was perfect. We saw the arch in the morning. It is a considerable distance away, a sign saying look up is at the end where the arch stands, it makes you chuckle when you read the sign and look up like a dumb tourist. I would take a tent next time if its the warm seasons, because of bugs. We listened to "The Way of Kings" on Audible by Brandon Sanderson to make the hike pass by which made the scenery more epic and complimentary to the words being said lol. But overall its an awesome place.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Long day hike, usually done as an overnight. Water access available on trail, be sure to bring filtration system.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Completed this trail in May 2015 as the first section of the Trans-Zion hike. For my first time in Utah, this was a wonderful introduction to the huge variety of rock formations, plants, and animal life in the area. Absolutely beautiful, a ton of water, great campsites. This was a really prime starting point for our longer hikes over the next few days. Would recommend doing the long hike into Zion Canyon or just an out and back by itself. Either way the scenery and challenge of the hike is well worth it!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

beautiful scenery. Easy hike. great place for n overnight. Plenty of places to get good water.

trail running
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Great trail for a long run in the area. Hydration pack is a must. I only took one 20oz bottle and regret it.

Started at Lee Pass at Sunrise, managed to make it back before 11:00am.

The altitude climb out of the canyon is severe, especially at the end of a 14 mile run. Be prepared to work!

Would bring a camelback or lifestraw if attempting again.

Beautiful scenery, easy running most of the time. Arch was a bit difficult to find, as the trail goes into the creek that was quite fuller than normal due to recent rain.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wonderful trip. Stayed overnight. The hike has some great climate changes (3). Beautiful scenery. If going in the summer, take extra water, water filter and bug spray. The rangers were also VERY helpful and friendly. If you want to stay overnight, check in with the ranger first.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

April was the perfect time of year. A little sandy, but nice.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Great easy backpacking trail. Not much elevation difference (a 500 ft. descent) and lots of water along the trail. Once you get back into the la verkin creek area it reminded us of a smaller zion canyon without the roads, lodges, shuttles, and crowds. Excellent. I would recommend staying at campsites 6-10 which seemed to be the nicest. 7-10 are nestled in a grove of ponderosa pines while 6 is creek side next to a small pool.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Took my boys (12 and 14) on this hike. We had a great time. We almost missed some spectacular views of the Kolob Finger Canyons just feet from the trail. There are Pinyon Pine and Juniper trees along the trail that hide some of the splendor. These sites are only a few feet from the trail, however.

All though this is a year-round trail, we had quite a bit of mud and snow in late November. Temperatures ranged from around 60 degrees in the afternoon to below freezing in the early evening. Also, since the trail ends in about a 1,000 foot ascent, you need to reserve some energy for the last push.

Kolob Arch is surrounded with near-pristine vegetation which limits spots for photography. You have a West-facing view, which may be incredible in the morning.

I think I'll go back soon on a one or two-night stay. For me, I think I'll stay in camp 1 or 2, near the beginning of the hike, just to limit how far I drag my larger pack along the trail. These are about 2 miles in, with great views of some cliffs there. That may be an old man getting back in shape talking. The views do grow more spectacular as you go along.

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