During Labor Day Weekend, I found myself on a familiar trail. Hiking along a path in Kolob Canyons in the summer Utah sun, I began to have memories of walking through the water and viewing the spectacle of Zion National Park many years ago. Although many travelers’ Instagram accounts highlight Angels Landing or The Narrows, there is another side of Zion National Park that captured my interest this past weekend. Even though I hiked Kolob Canyons many years ago, I didn’t have vivid memories of it until I found my way back to the same trails and viewpoints during the holiday weekend. While I admire the spectacle of Zion National Park’s main entrance, Kolob Canyons has just as much to offer in terms of southern Utah’s incredible and incomparable scenery. If you don’t believe me, take a look at few of my photos from my visit.
If you haven’t made your way to this part of Zion National Park, I highly suggest giving Kolob Canyons a visit to see another side of the park. While Zion National Park has trails that challenge and inspire many visitors, Kolob Canyons should not be overlooked. My sister summarized the experience in one statement, “I didn’t appreciate this enough when I was younger.” We don’t always think to appreciate what’s right in front of us, which is why this visit to Kolob Canyons was particularly memorable as my family and I shared stories of the past while looking out from the viewpoint of the park. Kolob Canyons may be tucked away, but that’s what makes it a great destination you should add to your Zion National Park visit.
Hours and Location
Kolob Canyons at Zion National Park: Located on Exit 40 on Interstate 15. Staffed daily from 9 am-4 pm, call (435) 772-3256 for more information.