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Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail, Zion National Park

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  • Taylor Creek is easily the most popular trail in the Kolob Canyons area, and for good reason. Taylor Creek follows a small creek into the shade of a towering canyon, passing an early pioneer site along the way. The hike features a great prize for your efforts at the end: Double Arch Alcove. Bring a picnic lunch and your camera, as you might want to spend some time there.
  • Trailhead: From Springdale, drive west on SR 9 until you reach the town of LaVerkin. At the Chevron/Farmer’s Market intersection, turn right. Drive through Toquerville, to Interstate 15. Drive north on I-15 for13 miles to exit 40, the entrance to the Kolob Canyons, ZNP. Follow Kolob Canyons Road to the marked trailhead.

    Mileage: 6.1 miles (9.8 km), round-trip

    Elevation: 480 feet (146 meters)

    Approximate Hike Time: 3 - 4 hours

    Difficulty: Casual to moderate

    Crowds: The Middle Fork attracts a good number of hikers each day, but it is far from crowded.

  • Best Times of Day: This west-facing canyon receives lots of sun, so choose in accordance with the season.

    Best Times of Year: The respective colors of spring and fall are particularly dazzling along Taylor Creek, while winter hikers often encounter deep snow.

  • Remnants of two homestead cabins along the trail make some wonder about the bold folks who called this place home over 100 years ago.