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Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Zion National Park

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  • Timber Creek Overlook is a great way to stretch your legs after a long drive on I-15, or a fun way to sample the Kolob Canyon area of Zion. Find unique views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains along this trail. Visit the Overlook early in the morning to decide which finger canyon you want to explore during the rest of the day!
  • 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: 1 mile (1.6 km), round-trip

    Elevation Gain: 69 feet (21 meters)

    Approximate Hike Time: 45 minutes, round-trip

    Difficulty: Casual

    Crowds: Short and easily accessible, this is the most popular trail in this area of the Park.

  • Best Times of Day:
    Early morning and late afternoon hikes avoid the intense summer sun. Outside of summer, any time is good.

    Best Times of Year:

    Every season offers an interesting and unique flavor here. The winter flavor can be knee-deep with 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.
  • If you are extremely afraid of heights, you may not want to proceed past Scout’s Lookout, a natural viewpoint just before the ridge traverse. Many acrophobes and families with small kids stop at this viewpoint for great views without the exposure of the final portion of the hike.
    For those bold enough to hike all the way out to the Landing, sections of chain provide a measure of security along the most exposed sections of upper trail.
    Please do not feed the persistent chipmunks along the trail. This will help you avoid bites, torn clothing, and the hostile takeover of your backpack, as well as promote the rodents' health and self-reliance.
    Many oblivious hikers carve their name in the rock as some sort of cult-like ritual; please do not join this obscene practice. Fortunately, the views supersede the vandalism from this awe-inspiring perch.