Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail

MODERATE 61 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
1617 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

hiking
15 days ago

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

2 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!

backpacking
3 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 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.

backpacking
5 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.

backpacking
6 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
6 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
7 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.

backpacking
8 months ago

Bring friends and a camera.

hiking
10 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
11 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.

backpacking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

hiking
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.

backpacking
Friday, August 26, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fun hike!

camping
Monday, February 29, 2016

Very beautiful winter hike! Lots to explore!

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