Directions » This is a beautiful, not-too-challenging hike in the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park. It’s a great way to start exploring this less-traveled (and slightly closer to Salt Lake City) area, and a good way to avoid crowds when the park is more crowded. It will definitely be hot in the summer, though, so start early and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
To get there, take Interstate 15 south for about 265 miles to the Kolob Canyons exit in New Harmony. The South Fork trailhead is located about 3.5 miles south of the Kolob Canyons visitor’s center and about a mile south of the North and Middle Fork trailheads. The South Fork trailhead isn’t an official trail maintained by the park, so it isn’t very well-marked — unlike other trails, the parking lot doesn’t have a sign mentioning it. The trailhead is located across the road from the parking lot to the east, marked by a wooden-framed sign about a dozen steps past the start.
Destination: South Fork of Taylor Creek
Hiking time 1.5 hours
Round trip miles 2.5 miles
Elevation gain 1,700 feet
Trail head restrooms No
Dogs allowed No
Bikes allowed No
The path is fairly well-marked after that. It descends about a mile in, then meanders back up again through spectacular red-rock scenery. A sandy surface creates a little more work, but nothing too hard. The trail ends at a dry streambed filled with salmon-colored sand; turn around and hike back out to finish.
|1.||Consumers want Utah liquor stores to offer better hours|
|2.||Kearns woman booked on attempted murder for trashing newborn|
|3.||Dad: Utah woman accused of putting baby in trash has disability|
|4.||Meeting poster for Mormon women shows only male speakers|
|5.||Food briefs: Salt Lake has worst tippers, survey says|
|6.||Restaurant review: Rye rocks in space next to Urban Lounge|
|7.||Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals|
|8.||Luxury fashion takes on wearable fitness technology|
|9.||5 pregame pubs that help you party before U. of Utah football games|