Hike or Run Taylor Creek's Middle Fork in Kolob Canyon
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Taylor Creek's Middle fork is a beautiful sandstone canyon with a unique double arch alcove at the end. This is a great hike or trail run for all levels.
The Taylor Creek trailhead sits in the little-explored part of Zion National Park known as Kolob Canyon just south of Cedar City. The trail starts at around 6,000 feet and then drops a little lower in to the canyon and runs along Taylor Creek. With 450 feet of elevation change along the five-mile roundtrip trail, this is a great outing for those just getting into trail running. The trail isn't too technical and is soft on the feet yet offers numerous small climbs and creek crossings.
From the trailhead parking lot, follow the trail down toward the creek and follow it as it weaves over and through the creek. Along the way you will see two old cabins from the early 1900s—don't go in, but take some pictures and look around. The area is full of pioneer history.
At mile 2.5, you will come upon the double arch alcove on your right. It's a very unique and beautiful area. Please stay out of the alcove and off the illegal trail that runs up it. Protect the natural beauty of the area. To return, simply turn around and head back the way you came.
There are no bathrooms or water at the trailhead, and no camping, besides backcountry camping, in Kolob Canyon. You can get water and food north in Cedar City or south in La Verkin. The visitor center offers some snacks and has a drinkable water pump where you can fill water bottles and jugs.
The area is hot in the summer and cold in the winter so be sure to plan and dress appropriately.
- Running shoes
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