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“5 minutes off the freeway and you're into incredible scenery”
Review of Taylor Creek

Taylor Creek
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Owner description: Scenic creek that flows through a secluded, shadowy canyon with steep, high, red cliffs offering an abundant variety of plant and animal life.
Reviewed 9 September 2013

My wife and I couldn't resist the increasing awesomeness of the Taylor Creek hike. The more you hike, the more fantastic the scenery. We ended up going all the way to the double arch alcove, which is where most people turn around and go back. It took us an hour and 45 minutes on the outbound leg, and an hour and twenty minutes on the return. There are a few spots where the trail is hard to find, or with 2 or 3 foot drop-offs, usually where the streambank and part of the trail has been eroded by high water, but if you pay attention, you can avoid ankle-sprains and stay on the trail. Getting lost is not a big problem, since the canyon is narrow and the trail is never very far from the stream.

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Reviewed 25 May 2013

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!

3  Thank warrenville111
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

One morning get moving up to Kolob canyon to hike Taylor Creek. When you are tired of the congestion of the valley this is a good place to relax and see a different side of Zion. A casual hike of six miles round trip is perfect for a day out of the valley. Bring the camera to document the double arch alcove at the end of the trail. Yes, you cross the creek several times but the rock bridges are stable and make the hike a little of an adventure. Take in the drive to the observation point to check out LaVerkin Creek and the hidden valleys. Enjoy the "other side of Zion"

Thank Ldawg3
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

It's a beautiful hike along the creek and over large rocks to the old pioneer cabin, surrounded by the incredible tall red rock of the Kolob fingers. What is even more amazing is to think of the Mormon family who originally lived back in that remote area, raising sheep, a garden and surviving winters on a homestead that was many miles from neighbors or town, in rugged terrain.

Thank RandiRA
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

This hike of about 6 miles round trip follows Taylor Creek -- which you will cross perhaps 15 times. In late April the creek was flowing but only the soles of my boots got wet. You end up at Double Arch Alcove, a large cave where two arches will eventually form. The hike is very scenic and the trail is easy (only about 450 feet of elevation gain).

The Kolob Canyon area is contiguous with the rest of Zion NP but to get there from Zion Canyon or nearby Springdale you have to drive back to I-15 and go north to the Kolob Canyon exit. which will take about 40 minutes from Springdale. There's a nice little visitor center just off the freeway, and a 5-mile scenic drive which is worth doing before or after the hike.

1  Thank JerryR10
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