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What is the Best Kept Secret of Zion National Park?

Last Update on January 19, 2024
by Marko Milin
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Zion National Park, with its soaring cliffs and stunning canyons, is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike. While it's famous for landmarks like Angel's Landing and the Narrows, however a best-kept secret of Zion that many visitors overlook: the enchanting Kolob Canyons. In this blog post, we'll explore this hidden gem of Zion National Park and how you can experience it, especially if you're considering joining a comprehensive tour like the Bryce, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley 3-Day Tour offered by MaxTour.

Kolob Canyons: Zion's Hidden Treasure

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons is a secluded area that offers a sense of tranquility and untouched wilderness, a stark contrast to the more frequented areas of the park. This section of Zion is known for its stunning crimson canyons, towering cliffs, and quiet, meandering trails. It's a place where you can truly connect with nature, away from the crowds.

Why Kolob Canyons Stands Out

What makes Kolob Canyons so special is its unique landscape and the variety of hikes it offers. The area is characterized by its finger canyons, which are narrow canyons branching off from the main canyon, creating a spectacular backdrop for hiking and photography. The most famous hike in Kolob Canyons is the Taylor Creek Trail, a moderate 5-mile round trip that takes you through a beautiful forested area, two historic homesteads, and ends at the Double Arch Alcove.

Another popular trail is the Kolob Arch Trail, leading to one of the world's largest freestanding arches. This hike is more challenging but rewards you with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.

Best Time to Visit Kolob Canyons

The best time to visit Kolob Canyons is during the spring and fall when the temperatures are mild, and the foliage adds an extra layer of beauty to the landscape. Summer can be quite hot, and winter may bring snow, making some trails inaccessible.

Kolob Canyons on the MaxTour 3-Day Tour

For those looking to explore Zion National Park along with other iconic destinations in the region, MaxTour offers an incredible 3-Day tour that includes Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley. While this tour focuses on the main areas of Zion, it gives you a taste of the park's diverse beauty and can inspire a return visit to delve deeper into hidden spots like Kolob Canyons.

Photography in Kolob Canyons

Kolob Canyons is a dream for photographers. The play of light on the red rock cliffs, especially during sunrise and sunset, creates a magical atmosphere. The lush greenery along the creek trails offers a beautiful contrast to the red rocks. Remember to bring your camera and capture the serene beauty of this less-traveled part of Zion.

Tips for Visiting Kolob Canyons

  1. Start Early: To make the most of your visit, start early in the day to avoid any potential crowds and to enjoy the best light for photography.
  2. Pack Essentials: Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. The dry climate can be deceiving, and staying hydrated is crucial.
  3. Leave No Trace: As always, practice the principles of Leave No Trace to preserve the beauty of the park for future visitors.


Kolob Canyons is truly Zion National Park's best-kept secret, offering a peaceful and stunningly beautiful escape from the more popular areas of the park. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover, or a photography enthusiast, this hidden gem is sure to leave a lasting impression. And if you're looking to explore more of the American Southwest's wonders, consider joining MaxTour's comprehensive 3-Day tour for an unforgettable adventure through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the United States.

Related Reading: Antelope Canyon vs. Zion National Park: A Southwest Showdown


Marko Milin

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