Kolob Canyons is a popular backpacking destination in a remote section of Zion National Park. It features the Kolob Arch, one of the longest natural arches in the world, as well as the Kolob Finger Canyons.
Kolob Canyons Closure in 2018
Access to portions of the Kolob Canyons District of Zion National Park will be restricted due to a construction project beginning May 1, 2018. The project involves reconstructing sections of the road, repaving the entire road, and adding accessible parking, sidewalk and toilet facilities. All of Kolob Canyons Road, the Visitor Center, and parking lot off of Interstate 15, will be closed to all traffic during the seven month project. The Taylor Creek Trail, the Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Lee Pass Trailhead and other areas served via the Kolob Canyons Road will not be available to the public.
Overnight permitted hikes will be drop off / pick up only, from April 15 through April 30, 2018. No vehicles or hiking will be permitted inside the closure beginning May 1, 2018.
Construction engineers and park officials have determined that closing these areas during the project will be safest for visitors and workers, as well as expediting the work, so the area may open at the soonest possible date.
Visitors will be able to access the La Verkin Creek Trail and hike to the Kolob Arch via the Hop Valley Trail. Visitors may access the Hop Valley Trailhead from the Kolob Terrace Road. Overnight trips require a permit. There are many surrounding State Parks, Forest Service and public land scenic areas to consider as alternatives to Kolob Canyons during this closure.
Where is Kolob Canyons?
Kolob Canyons is located 42 miles from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. It is accessible by car and there is a scenic driving route through the Kolob Canyons. Only backcountry camping is an option, but there are numerous hiking and canyoneering routes as well as a visitor center, the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.