Road Journals—The northwest section of Utah’s Zion National Park, known as Kolob Canyons, perennially plays second fiddle to the main part of the park. But this lesser-visited area has a personality all its own. It’s well worth a visit.
Kolob Canyons are quieter, wilder, and—because of the higher elevation—cooler than their big sister to the south. But visitors still get beautiful sandstone cliffs that soar 2,000 feet high, natural arches that perch high on steep canyon walls, cascading waterfalls, and hiking trails that lead to narrow, suck-in-your-gut slot canyons.
Tip: Although the scenic drive in the main park is closed to private vehicles spring through fall, the five-mile Kolob Canyons Road is open to visitors year round, provided that it isn’t closed in winter because of snow.
Kolob Canyons are off I-15 at Exit 40, about 40 miles north of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and about 17 miles south of Cedar City.
Photography courtesy of Nikater/Wikimedia Commons
This blog post was first published in March 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.