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Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail

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Zion National Park

Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail is a 15.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 15.1 mi Elevation gain 1,781 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Getting There

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

Phone Visitor Information 1-435-772-3256 Fax: 1-435-772-3426 Mail Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767-1099 Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Interstate 15: Use exit 40 to reach this facility. After exiting the highway turn eastward and follow the paved road 3.5 miles to Lee Pass.

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Kevin Bridges
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Lots of creek crossings. Was in good shape with very few muddy stretches. Last mile heading back is really steep, but makes you feel like you earned it.

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Lauren Gilbert
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Hiking

Had an amazing time hiking this trail. After taking our time and taking long snack breaks it took us about 9 hours. Started at 9 am and finished at 6. Surprisingly the hike out was faster for us than the hike in. The trail out is downhill so prepare to hike uphill on your way back. The views were wonderful and we only saw about 12 people out on the trail. Definitely worth it!

Kirk Mundy
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Hiking

Couldn’t have asked for a better day to hike this trail! Started hiking at 7:30 AM- finished around 4 PM- fun little hike- if a 60 yr old can do it, so can you!

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Justin Evans
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HikingMuddy

We had a great time! The mud was frozen on the way there and wasn’t that bad on the way back.

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Kenneth Bosshard
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BackpackingMuddySnow

Just finished a three day, two night hike/camping trip on the La Verkin Creek to Kolob Arch trail.  The route is fairly muddy in certain areas due to snow melt.  Beautiful views of red rock buttes and ponderosa pine. There's still some pockets of snow...temps ranged from 45 F to 15 F for the high and low.  Not sure why AllTrails rates this as moderate?  It's a total 15 miles out and back, plus the last half mile is rough due to the vertical climb out.  Maybe they weren't carrying a 35 lb pack :)

Dörthe Genutis
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HikingMuddyRocky

The hike to the arch is not that hard... just long! The part 0,5 m before you reach the arch is a bit rocky and you scrambled. But the way back almost brings me down not because of the elevation but the sun melted the water on the path and it was really muddy and slippery! Use proper shoes and sticks could help!

Jenna Jacobs
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HikingMuddy

Easy out, mostly downhill. Make sure to read the sign to get to the arches. We went a quarter mile too far on the main trail. The arches were a beautiful spot for lunch. The back was more difficult. Very muddy, morning ice melted and it was mostly inclining. Fair workout!

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Holden Lyman
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Great trail, but very long. Plan for it to take most of the day. View of the Arch is beautiful, but required a little trailblazing to get a decent view.

Eric Antunez
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Steve Kitchen
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Backpacking

One of the neatest backpacking trips I've been on all year. So pretty and majestic. Absolutely worth the trip. Plan ahead though because the permits sale out quick. Going this time of year in November turned out to be great. The temperatures were great for hiking, the night didn't get too cold, and we only saw 7 people total each day. It seemed like we basically had the place to ourselves. Awesome!! See my trail video at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi60vvnuRic

Mark Nekic
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Hiking

The hike down from Lee Pass to the creek is a fairly easy, gradual descent. The last mile before the Kolob Arch trail is all sand. The hike into the canyon to the arch was short but rugged. The arch doesn't reveal itself until the very end of the trail, and even then you have to peer through the trees to see it. Very cool though.

Anna Weesies
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Loved all the views and the variety of terrain. There's some sandy areas but they pass quick

Liz Guieu
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike ! The first 4 miles might be a bit boring but then get into a valley with lots of trees that turned yellow or red with fall! Really peaceful and quiet with a river running through the valley! When you get at the end of the Arch trail look up on your left to find the Arch ! I almost missed it

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Hannah McMahon
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BackpackingNo shade

There was little shade. The sand at the bottom sucks! And the hills killed my knees this is really more of a strenuous hike than a moderate one. We didn't really see water until around the 4th campsite. Overall super gorgeous. I'd do it again but I'd train a little bit for the steep up and downs first and go earlier in the morning or in the evening so it isn't so hot.

Josilyn Bertrand
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Hiking

sand at the bottom sucks. incline at the beginning is rough. but a great and quiet trail

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Aya Hansen
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Hiking

One of my absolute fav hikes. I took my 9 and 11 year old kiddos 4 years ago and it was hard, but beautiful.

Johnny Paglino
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Hiking

Awesome trail, spent the night at campsite 9. Bug pressure by the creek. Last 2 miles are pretty hard if you’re carrying anything heavier than a day pack. Definitely would do again, especially as part of the Zion thru hike.

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Aya Hansen
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Hiking

One of my very favorite hikes! This is for the hiker that doesn't want to go straight up a mountain but would still like a challenging course. This route is beautiful with woods, creeks, swim holes, open fields, nice camping spots, and gorgeous views!

Andrew Williams
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Sarah McIntyre
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Did this hike in mid-June. It was a beautiful, quiet hike with only a few other people on the trail, but it was much more strenuous than expected. With a high of 93 that day and no shade in some parts, we went slow and stopped often, and in all it took about 7.5 hours (not including hanging out in the river for a while.) Bring twice as much water as you think you need and bug spray. The most exciting part is the last mile before the arch. About 100 ft past the sign at the end of the trail, you can climb a little and get a great view

Doug R.
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Hiking

As a day hike, I'm rating this lower than most would expect. But it's simply a matter of the distance and time vs view of the arch. The hike itself is classic beautiful upper Zion fare. But as a hike to see an arch, the standard is different, especially given the commitment needed and not being terribly close to the arch. As an overnight, to experience upper Zion, this does have appeal.

Christina Kofoed
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Hiking

This hike was good, but definitely more than we bargained for. Very steep (especially rough coming back), very long, the river was almost completely dried up, and we turned around after a few miles. If you want a really long hike, this is a good one.

Midori Rodriguez
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HikingBugs

We made this a 2 night, 3 day trip from 6/21-6/23. We absolutely loved it! Trail is incredibly easy to follow. We hiked to campsite 6 only the first day; the hike there was downhill the first bit, then relatively flat, and then downward near the end. Look up! The views during the hike were awesome. Campsite 6 was perfect and the best IMO. It was across the creek and the campsite was pretty desolate. It was totally sand so the sleeping was not bad at all. To get to the campsite, be prepared to cross the creek barefoot or with waterproof shoes like Keens/Chacos (doable either way). We hiked to the arch on the 2nd day; arch was mehh but the hike to it was pretty cool, had to duck under some trees and scramble up some rocks, so much easier with a lighter small pack. Then we just relaxed by the water the rest of the day, and enjoyed nature. Definitely bring extra bug spray. Hike out was fine on the flat parts but the steep parts were rough. Bring lots of water/filtering system. All in all, highly recommend as weather allows. We were still in the 70s for the entire trip so it was scorching temps yet. Also, we were able to get a walk-in permit (because we wanted to camp) the day just before the trip--call the park a few days before your trip to see what your chances are of getting a permit if you decide to not reserve a campsite ahead of time.

Julianne Stober
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Rhiannan Price
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Great hike all around. Would definitely do this again. Besides the beginning/end, it's relatively flat with gorgeous views the entire way. The arch was a nice feature but the whole journey was just breathtaking. We also had perfect weather (cool, partly cloudy) and finished the trek in five and a half hours, going at pretty good pace and just stopping for snacks at the junction for the arch trail before heading back. The climb at the end wasn't too bad but we had been psyching ourselves up for it. Much better views on this journey than the scenic viewpoint father down the road.

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