Fodor's Expert Review Kolob Terrace Road

Zion National Park Scenic Drive

Hundreds of miles of scenic desert roads crisscross the Southwest, and Kolob Terrace Road will remind you of many of them. Sprawling as much as 4,000 feet above the floor of Zion Canyon, and without the benefit of the canyon’s breezes and shade, the landscape along it is arid—browns and grays and ambers—but not without rugged beauty. The 21-mile stretch begins 15 miles west of Springdale at Virgin and winds north. As you travel along, peaks and knolls emerge from the high plateau, birds circle overhead, and you might not see more than a half-dozen cars. The drive meanders in and out of the park boundaries, crossing several important trailheads, all the while overlooking the cliffs of North Creek. A popular day-use trail (permit required) leads past fossilized dinosaur tracks to the Subway, a stretch of the stream where the walls of the slot canyon close in so tightly as to form a near tunnel. Farther along the road is the Wildcat Canyon trailhead, which connects to the path overlooking... READ MORE

Hundreds of miles of scenic desert roads crisscross the Southwest, and Kolob Terrace Road will remind you of many of them. Sprawling as much as 4,000 feet above the floor of Zion Canyon, and without the benefit of the canyon’s breezes and shade, the landscape along it is arid—browns and grays and ambers—but not without rugged beauty. The 21-mile stretch begins 15 miles west of Springdale at Virgin and winds north. As you travel along, peaks and knolls emerge from the high plateau, birds circle overhead, and you might not see more than a half-dozen cars. The drive meanders in and out of the park boundaries, crossing several important trailheads, all the while overlooking the cliffs of North Creek. A popular day-use trail (permit required) leads past fossilized dinosaur tracks to the Subway, a stretch of the stream where the walls of the slot canyon close in so tightly as to form a near tunnel. Farther along the road is the Wildcat Canyon trailhead, which connects to the path overlooking the North Guardian Angel. The road terminates at the Kolob Reservoir, beneath 8,933-foot Kolob Peak. Although paved, this narrow, twisting road is not recommended for RVs. Because of limited winter plowing, the road is closed from November or December through April or May.

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Zion National Park, Utah  84767, USA

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