Where: Kolob Canyons, New Harmony, UT 84757
When: Daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours might vary on holidays)
How much: Gaining entry to Kolob requires a permit that costs $35 per vehicle, which remains valid for seven days.
Discovering the Hidden Gem of Southern Utah: Kolob Canyons
Southern Utah, renowned for its diverse and stunning landscapes, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Amid this natural wonderland lies an often overlooked gem: Kolob Canyons, a unique district of Zion National Park. This blog post will take you on a virtual journey through this awe-inspiring destination, highlighting the best things to do in Kolob Canyons.
An Introduction to Kolob Canyons
Kolob Canyons, situated about an hour away from the more famous Zion Canyon, is nestled in a distinct area of Zion National Park. Covering nearly 150,000 acres, Zion National Park is home to some of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country. However, the Kolob Canyons district offers a different experience altogether with its crimson canyons, majestic peaks, and towering cliff walls.
The canyons are located off Exit 40 on Interstate 15, making them easily accessible for visitors. A five-mile scenic drive along the Kolob Canyons Road provides breathtaking views of the landscape and access to various trails and viewpoints. The district is particularly notable for its narrow parallel box canyons, which cut into the western edge of the Colorado Plateau.
Exploring the Wilderness of Kolob Canyons
Designated as Wilderness, the canyons of Kolob are protected for their pristine and primitive environments. Hiking in Kolob Canyons offers visitors the chance for tranquility and solitude in a scenic desert setting. Whether you’re interested in viewing the panoramic landscape, hiking into one of the majestic canyons, or embarking on a multi-day adventure into the Zion Wilderness, Kolob Canyons has something special for everyone.
It’s worth noting that groups with more than 12 people must split up and visit different areas of Kolob Canyons.