The Kolob Canyons have their own interstate exit at mile 40, where there is a small visitor center and a 5 mile scenic drive that initially follows a valley alongside Taylor Creek
, a pleasant stream that flows year-round. One of two maintained trails follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek
and leads to Double Arch Alcove
, a large overhang in the canyon walls, extravagantly colored by streaks of mineral-laden water, and sheltering hanging gardens of wildflowers.
Two miles further along the scenic drive, the road curves around another side canyon, formed by the South Fork of Taylor Creek
- a particularly beautiful gorge with sheer red cliffs towering above green trees and bushes on the valley floor, through which a small stream flows. Everyone driving past seems to stop and take a photograph, but few venture up into the canyon. There is an official trail but a faint path follows close to the stream, and this makes for a very peaceful walk lasting a couple of hours.
A Grand Viewpoint
The other official path in the Kolob Canyons is the La Verkin Creek Trail
- this curves around a mountain to Kolob Arch
, one of the largest in the world. It is reached only after a 14 mile trek, so some people will need to camp for at one night en route. Another branch of the trail connects with the Kolob Reservoir Road
. The scenic drive ends at an elevated parking area facing the huge cliffs at the edge of the Upper Kolob Plateau - a particularly impressive sight, especially at sunset.