April 11, 2011

Zion National Park – Kolob Canyons

Zion National Park Kolob Canyons

There are two Kolob sections in Zion National Park; Kolob Canyons located 18-miles south of Cedar City and Kolob Terrace accessed from the town of Virgin, 12-miles from the south entrance of the main section of the park. Both Kolob sections can proudly boast of their magnificent mountains of red sandstone, however the two are as different from each other as they are from Zion Canyon or Zion’s east side.  Kolob Canyons is a remote 30,000 acre block of the park which is located northwest of Zion Canyon.  Its set at a higher elevation than the main park, in fact, it boasts of having the parks highest peak – Horse Ranch Mountain at 8726 feet and some of Zion’s youngest strata. 

Directions – To get to it from Cedar City, travel south on I-15 and take exit 40.  From Zion’s main section, exit the park from Zion’s south entrance.  Drive on SR-9 through the small towns of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin.  Turn right at the stop light in La Verkin and travel through Toquerville to I-15.  Take I-15 north and exit at the signed exit for Kolob Canyons.  It will take about 90-minutes (40-miles) to travel from Zion’s south entrance to Kolob Canyons. Kolob Canyons is open year-round however the road can close due to snow.

The 7-day Zion pass is good for all sections of Zion.
Kolob Canyons Visitor Center:  435.586.9548 Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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