Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Cedar City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Unfortunately they had snow and we drove right past this trail, we turned around to where the starting point should be and saw the empty wood sign. Im assuming they put up the trailhead names once you can hike, but we had to drive back down since there was no cell service to find something else to do.

Great day trip away from the craziness that is Las Vegas. Fun trail with 46 little creek crossings (as of 4/11/18). Last .5mi hike up to the arch is a little more strenuous but well worth it in the end.

Not a ton of wildlife, squirrels, birds, and a crazy turkey. About a 6 hour hike where we saw about 20 people on the trail with us. Pretty busy for a Wednesday.

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

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.

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

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!

long hike but worth it!

An absolutely gorgeous hike! The arch is very impressive and the views for the whole hike are amazing. The hike to the arch is fairly easy, however the hike back up the trail is tough as it is mostly uphill. It was just a bit muddy in spots but mostly dry.

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

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.

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

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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
7 months ago

I assume this might be ok if you don’t mind paying for more information. This basic level is much less then anyone would need in the field. It is a real problem for anyone to us this information when it is so incomplete.
Be careful
Tom

mountain biking
7 months ago

we shuttled the trail and started at the top. you lose a lot of elevation in a short distance. most of the trail is switch backs.
there are some pretty views, but I don't know if it's worth the effort.

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

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.

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.

8 months ago

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.

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.

We liked the very old trees ... 4,500 years old

hiking
9 months ago

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.

Fun and easy hike, just be careful with the ankles.

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.

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!

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.

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