Sunday, May 9, 2010

Kolob Canyons, Zion NP, UT



We finally took a drive to the less visited part of Zion, the Kolob Canyons area in the northwest corner of the park. It is only 20 miles north off I-15 from where we’re staying. There is a 5 mile scenic drive and just a few trails. We decided to hike the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, a 5 mile round trip trail along the creek. Since the elevation there is over 6,000 ft, it was quite a bit colder (low 50’s when we started), but it was sunny and warmed up some as we walked.

The trail follows the creek and crosses back and forth over it many times. In fact, Chuck and Carla hiked it a couple weeks ago and he counted 55 crossings! Luckily it was fairly shallow and there were rocks to step on in most places.


Along the trail we passed by 2 cabins from the 30’s, and finally got to this beautiful cave-like area called Double Arch Alcove. It was quite spectacular.

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It was so cold in this area, this branch was frozen over with water dripping from the rock above.


Since we still have room in our tanks, we will probably stay here at Red Cliffs a couple more days. Hard to get tired of this beautiful scenery.P1000688P1000711

Oh, forgot to mention the dental patient is recovering nicely.

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