There is no doubt that the main canyon in Zion is beautiful - but sometimes it is hard to get away from people. Kolob Canyons is less visited and we enjoyed some solitude. You won't find concrete paths here...it is all very natural.
There is not a lot of hiking in the Kolob Canyon side of the park, so this hike is most likely the top option for most. I believe the hike is 5 miles round trip (out and back), and has 450 feet of elevation gain (we did not notice the elevation gain except for the stairs at the start). You do cross the Taylor creek many many times - on the hike back, we played a game to count the crossings. I tend to have difficulties crossing creeks, but this one was not a problem in May. You don't have to worry about falling off any edges here...you are along the canyon floor.
The alcove at the end is nice, but I wouldn't say it is the highlight of the trail...it is just a pleasant trail all along. There are no big sweeping views, but rather just hiking along a canyon floor.
There are two homestead cabins along the way. We did see a lot of lizards, hummingbirds, and even what looked like a turkey. We started the hike earlier (9:00 am) and saw nobody on the way there, and about 10 people on the way back. There is no pit toilet at the trail head, so use the toilet at the vistor center. Enjoy!
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