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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

MODERATE 161 reviews
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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

4.9 miles
715 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



historic site

no dogs

The start of the trail at the trailhead has a number of steep steps to begin with, however it does level out into a sandy trail through the canyons. Be prepared to cross the stream 15 times or more.

7 days ago

11 days ago

Great trail up stream bed, many many stream crossings. Beautiful Navajo sandstone canyon walls, blind arches. Incredible overhang and arch at the end.

11 days ago

Beautiful trail! Definitely no harder than moderate, however there are quiet a few river crossings, so make sure to wear waterproof footwear! Or at least semi-waterproof. It’s not super necessary, but it helps a LOT.

Feb 23: Kolob roads reopen for business, some kind snowshoers have cleared this trail about 3/4 of the way to the arch. The stream crossings are half frozen right now, be prepared for some long jumps and/or slightly wet feet.

9 months ago

I came to Kolob Canyons today to hike several of the trails and found that the park is current closed and will be so from 1 May to 1 December 2018. See https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2018/03/15/kolob-canyons-to-close-for-7-months/#.WxG_jWenpI4 It's a beautiful place and I look forward to getting to these trails.

10 months ago

We hiked this trail on April 28 (a Saturday) to avoid the crowds in the main part of Zion. We did this trail then went to the end of the park road to Timber Creek Overlook. I'd recommend you do both also if you make the trip up there. The hike up Taylor Creek had some great views in both directions. The double arch alcove at the end is pretty cool. We didn't venture up to the supposed waterfall past this point as the creek was dry up at the alcove.

11 months ago

breathtaking views! loved this trail!! look up!!

11 months ago

The family loves this trail. Kids enjoy crisscrossing the creek, and the alcove at the end of the trail is a great spot to have a snack and re-energize before hiking back out.

11 months ago

Nice hike. Took all the kids. Out and back hike, about 5.5 Miles. Lots of creek crossing. Some shaded areas.

11 months ago

After a very busy day at Zion we decided to try Kolob Canyon. We are so glad that we did! This was a fun, beautiful trek! The creek crossings would have been a blast for our kids if they were here! The quiet trail was a relief from all the craziness of Zion. The endpoint of the arches was spectacular!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easy trail with many creek crossings. A few too many people for my taste.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Me and my wife carefully counting all creek crossings, it is 63 times each way, so total should be 63x2=126 times; some of them are in and out the water on the same side, those should be considered crossing too; a lots of snow on the surface of creek, it makes our crossing easier without touching the water.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

After two days in the main canyon at Zion, my husband and I were ready for a break from the crowds. We did this hike on Saturday 11/25. The trail is sandy but easy to follow. The challenge is the creek crossings--I counted ~52 each way. That's right, over 100 creek crossings roundtrip. That means lots of ups and downs. The creek is low right now, so we were able to avoid getting our feet wet. The double arches at the end are very pretty, and there are some good views of the rock throughout, as well. We saw several other groups (but nowhere near the crowds as the main area of the park). There was plenty of parking at the trailhead. Definitely recommend for a change of pace.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great easy trail. You can continue past the arches and there is a waterfall with a small trickle of water. You can keep going past that but we did not go, next time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nice trail. The start of the trail at the trailhead has a number of steep steps to begin with, however it does level out into a sandy trail through the canyons. As others have said, be prepared to cross the stream 15 times or more.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In some sections you can easily jog even with a Camelbak 3 litre reservoir. Double Arches at end are worth this easy out and back hike

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great hike without any strenuous climbing that's great for kids. We took our 7 and 9 year old children and they loved it. Plan to cross the small stream 50+ times, which along with majestic views, makes this a fun hike. Great to experience this hike without all the crowds typical of a Saturday at ZNP.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Wonderful trail with lots of creek crossings, and a beautiful arc in the wall of the canyon that fills you with awe. We did this trail after finding an hour + wait for shuttles at Zion on Labor Day weekend. A park ranger recommended it as an alternative and it didn't disappoint. Experienced and beginners will enjoy lack of crowds, easy pace and bountiful beauty. We endured a downpour, thunderstorm, rising waters and lots of mud and I enjoyed every minute.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

This hike is on the Kolob Canyon side of Zion, right off of I-15 between Cedar City and St George. There are only a couple of hikes available on this side of Zion. This one is relatively easy, except for the heat this time of year. There is some shade on the trail. The elevation gain is not that noticeable amid the ups and downs of the trail as it crosses the creek dozens of times. I agree with the person who described this as "Zion in miniature". There are lots of hikes in Southern Utah that have more spectacular scenery than this one, but it's not too shabby, and much less crowded than other places.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Not to strenuous of a hike, positive is that it is far less trafficked than the other more popular hikes within Zion, however you still get a reward all the way through to the end!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

One of my favorites!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A beautiful, relatively secluded hike up a stream past a couple cabins up to a huge concave "weeping rock".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hiked this trail in mid June 2017. Weather was perfect around mid 70's. Very easy hike with great views and hardly any traffic on the trail. I would recommend this as an excellent alternative to the larger National Parks.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nice wilderness hike, would've given a 5 if there weren't 20 creek crossings! Yikes. Double arch at end was neat. Best part is it isn't not touristy, a real nature hike.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Beautiful hike of varying views. Love the double arch alcove at the end! Tons of water crossings make it fun!

Friday, June 02, 2017

This is an easy-moderate, beautiful trail that is kind of Zion-in-miniature. You get high peaks, a deep canyon chiseled by water, an upstream hike to majestic red arches, and, beyond the arches, a narrow but very pretty waterfall. Like most trails in the Zion Wilderness, traffic on the trail isn't particularly heavy. Recommended.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Really fun scenic. hike

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This was a great hike! Lots of short ups and downs to keep you on your toes, and many creek crossings with rock balancing/hopping. The end is worth it and the walk was beautiful.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Amazing hike! So much greenery in this section of the park. Lots of different vegetation and wildlife to see along the way as well as many fun stream crossings (all shallow, no wet feet!). It gets better and better the further you go as the canyon begins to narrow bringing the beautiful rock formations closer to you on both sides. Ends with large, natural amphitheater and an arch! One of the bet hikes I did in Zion!!!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Not too difficult. Very beautiful often shaded hike along the creek. Arches are worth seeing at the end.

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