A Shady Escape. If you want to have Zion to yourself, get off the published trails to explore. The South Fork of Taylor Creek is a delightful canyon that makes a wonderful hot weather or rest day diversion. The Kolob Canyons section is about an hour's drive northwest of Zion Canyon and Springdale, but the hike is certainly worth the drive time.
The South Fork is between Paria Point and Beatty Point, two jutting ridges of sandstone. Soaring sandstone walls enclose beautiful meadows, and easy walking leads into a lush, shaded forest. If you study the rock closely, you may be able to see bolts and/or anchor stations on the canyon walls, signs rock climbers have established climbing routes up the sheer faces.