Flowers abound along Taylor Creek
A Kolob Classic.Orange walls soaring into a blue sky. Waterfalls tumbling along a bubbling brook. Tall ponderosa pines and an old pioneer homestead. Middle Taylor Creek offers a wonderful walk up one of Zion's Kolob Finger Canyons, ending at the rather scenic and popular Double Arch Alcove. Grab a camera or pack a picnic and spend half a day exploring here.
Natural beauty aside, this hike offers two distinct advantages: more solitude on the trail and lower summer temperatures. The Kolob Canyons section is about an hour's drive Northwest of the Main Canyon and Springdale, making it MUCH less visited than trails in Zion Canyon. On the same July day, you could see 250 people on the Emerald Pools trail in AM, and maybe 10 along Taylor Creek in the afternoon. Like Kolob Terrace, Kolob Canyons is higher in elevation than Zion Canyon, providing 10 - 15 degrees of relief from swelting summer temperatures. As a bonus, the Middle Fork trail is in the shade for most of the day (especially in the AM), providing even more beat-the-heat charm.
Spring - Ice, snow and mud may be present, especially in shady areas and in early spring during snowmelt. Look for beautiful spring flowers along creek beds.
Summer - Zion can be hot. Leave early to avoid the heat, rest during the heat of the day, and have plenty of water for the day.
Fall - Generally a great time to hike the trail. Great fall photography along the creek beds.
Winter - Possible snowpack and ice, and possible closed access to trailhead. Very cold in the winter. Use caution and check current conditions at the Zion Backcountry Desk.
A printable canyon descriptionand map you can take with you.
Have all Zion's classic canyonsin one convenient book.
Zion: Kolob Canyons Section
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Kolob Canyons: Taylor Creek, Middle & South Forks
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• 1 Mb files in the Map Download Center, designed for printing on 11" x 17" paper • Canyoneering Maps for Purchase in the Canyoneering USA Store. Printed maps are 13" x 19", nicely presented on 24 lb. white paper.
Zion: Kolob, Boundary and Oak