The Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail at Zion National Park in New Harmony, Utah is a moderate 5.3-mile out-and-back trail that leads hikers through a narrow canyon and out to the Double Arch Alcove, which is a massive sandstone cave that was once carved out by water.
The trail passes through the Kolob Canyon side of Zion, which is a wilderness area that has been mostly untouched by humans. There are less visitors here than there are at the Zion Canyon side of the park. This untouched wonder is a sight that any hiker will enjoy. Along the trail you'll find two historic homesteads that were built in the 1930's as well.
Permits: You must purchase a wilderness permit at the Kolob Canyon Visitor Center before accessing the park.
Directions: Taylor Creek is the first trail that you will come to on your drive up the scenic 5-mile Kolob Canyon Road. You access Kolob Canyon Road by taking exit 40 off Interstate 15 North/South. This side of Zion is only a two hour and twenty minute drive from Las Vegas - so close, yet so untamed. Parking is provided at all trail-heads off the Kolob Canyon Road.
Warning: Bring plenty of water, this cannot be stressed enough! This trail is strenuous at times requiring you to intake more fluids, please be prepared. Proper footwear is also recommended.
Pets: Dogs are not allowed in the wilderness section of Zion. Please see the park site link for more details about where dogs are allowed.
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