Follow the Creek.Coalpits Wash offers solitude, riverside hiking, and great natural history opportunities for off-season visitors. Like the Chinle Trail, Coalpits Wash is NOT a popular summertime hike, since temperatures along this trail are typically 85 - 115 degrees from 9 AM to 8 PM. Instead, enjoy Coalpits October thru April, taking advantage of its sunny exposure when other parts of Zion are chilly.
Spring blooms earliest at lower elevations, making this Lowland Desert area prime territory for wildflowers in March, April, and May. Since the trail roughly follows the creekbed, you'll find lots of flowers taking advantage of the (relatively) abundant water supply. After the summer scorches things here, October brings milder, enjoyable temperatures, along with yellowing cottonwoods along the creek. While winter rains often bring mud to Coalpits Wash, the mud makes for great animal tracking, allowing an indirect glimpse of the coyote, deer, ringtail cats, and mountain lions that winter in this quiet region of the Park.