Not limited to Arches National Park, Zion National Park also hosts several natural arches, the largest of which is Kolob Arch in the Kolob Canyon section of the park. This arch is recognized by the Natural Arch and Bridge Society as the second longest natural arch in the world, second only to Landscape Arch in Arches (also in Utah). The Kolob Canyons section of the park features more than 20 miles of trails away from the often crowded main Zion Canyon; take advantage of this and Kolob Arch to experience the pristine and oft overlooked section of the park.
The hike begins at the Lee Pass Trailhead and drops elevation gradually toward the opening of Kolob Canyon. Look left from the trail as you descend to see Nagunt Mesa and Timber Top Mountain, which dominate the landscape. After hooking left into the canyon at mile 3.5, travel along La Verkin Creek for about 3 miles before turning left yet again toward Kolob Arch. The more narrow canyon trail to Kolob Arch parallels a stream and traverses large boulders, twists, and turns before entering a clearing that reveals the arch.
There are rocks that allow some easy scrambling for a better view, but don’t approach the arch too closely as the habitat is very fragile and can easily lead to injury or damage to the flora. Hike back the way you came to your car, and don’t miss the Timber Creek Overlook on your way out for an unforgettable view of the valley you just traversed.