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Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park

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Kolob Canyons is the northwest section of Zion National Park of Utah, United States. The Kolob Canyons are part of the Colorado Plateau region of the park and are noted for their colorful beauty and diverse landscape. This part of Zion National Park is accessed by a park road about 20 miles south of Cedar City, Utah off Interstate 15.In 1847, Mormon farmers from the Salt Lake area became the first people of European descent to settle the Virgin River region. In 1851, the Parowan and Cedar City, Utah areas were settled by Mormons who used the Kolob Canyons area for timber, and for grazing cattle, sheep, and horses. They prospected for mineral deposits, and diverted Kolob water to irrigate crops in the valley below. Mormon settlers named the area Kolob—in Mormon scripture, the nearest star to the planet where God resides.
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  • Wow! Such magnificent scenery just a few miles from the interstate. Definitely worth the short side trip. Will return for hiking in warmer weather. Great short explanation at visitor center... 
    Wow! Such magnificent scenery just a few miles from the interstate. Definitely worth the short side trip. Will return for hiking in warmer weather. Great short explanation at visitor center...  more »
  • While there are several hiking trails, this entrance on the west side of the park also includes a 5-mile scenic drive. Unlike the main entrance, this area had extremely low traffic and beautiful... 
    While there are several hiking trails, this entrance on the west side of the park also includes a 5-mile scenic drive. Unlike the main entrance, this area had extremely low traffic and beautiful...  more »
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  • Kolob Canyons is a great, 5-mile scenic drive through Zion’s National Park! There are lots of good trails for hiking, but also plenty of spots to just pull off and enjoy the view. They have nice bathrooms at several of the trailheads. Also, there wasn’t hardly any traffic when I went, which was especially surprising for a nice, summer evening.
  • Nice scenic 5 mile drive with some spectacular views and rock formations. Kolob Canyon is right off Highway 15 so there’s easy access on and off. There is a nice hike at the top, I didn’t do it but will next time.

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