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Taylor Creek Trail Hike

Zion National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Taylor Creek Trail Hike

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  • The beautiful double arch up Taylor Creek.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The short drive in from UT-89 is very scenic.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The Taylor Creek Trailhead.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The trail winds through huge rock features.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The trail is mostly very easy with a gradual climb.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • Taylor Creek has a few small waterfalls along the way.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • Twisted trees add to the scenic interest.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • Two historic cabins make interesting stops along the way.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The sunlit canyon walls reflect beautiful light on the arches.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • The arches tower hundreds of feet overhead.- Taylor Creek Trail Hike
  • - Taylor Creek Trail Hike
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Pros: 
Moderately easy hike. Beautiful scenery. Unique double arch at the end.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
450.00 ft (137.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,362.00 ft (1,634.34 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Tho Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park is often overlooked, especially by the harried traveler trying to see Bryce and Zion in a day or two. Given the easy access to this area of the park and the fact that the highlights can be covered in a half-day, this beautiful canyon area should not be missed if time permits.

One of the best moderate hikes in the Kolob Canyon area is the Taylor Creek Trail that leads to a magnificent double arch feature. The trail starts down to the creek level and then climbs easily along the creek, crossing it quite a few times. The canyon views grow increasingly close and majestic as the trail progresses. Several small cascades are found along the way, and mule deer are often spotted grazing along the creek. Just about 2.5 miles up the trail, the fantastic double arch, the key feature of this route, makes a great turnaround or lunch spot. Along the way the trail passes two well-preserved historic cabins from the 1930s.

NOTE: Photographers may want to time their hike so they reach the arches in late morning, when the sunlight is reflected off the opposite walls but has not yet hit the arch side to create excessive contrast. The color of the rock, especially contrasted with the green of the trees, makes a great shot, but make sure you have a wide-angle lens!

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