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Beautiful Kolob Canyon
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The Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park is one of the most conveniently located national park areas in all of Utah. Located just off Interstate 15, these spectacular finger canyons of Zion offers soaring cliffs of red Navajo sandstone and deep pocket canyons just waiting to be discovered.
Kolob may be the little known portion of Zion National Park but that doesn't mean it is not as spectacular as the main canyons of Zion proper. Kolob is home to a unique geological history and diverse animal and plant life. The scenery is stunning and provides visitors with peaceful and serene surroundings unmatched by any other nation park in the southwest. The word "Kolob" is from Mormon scripture meaning "residence closest to heaven." Visit Kolob Canyon and see for yourself.
Most visitors access the Kolob Canyons via the scenic byway located off I-15 exit #40. Stop at the Visitor Center for more information about the park. Along the route there are interpretive signs and pullouts that mark points of interest. Be sure to stop at each one. As you drive through the Canyons you cross a major fault line which gives rise to the great plateau in which Zion was born. An enormous natural cutaway of the Markagunt Plateau, the spectacular "finger canyons" display the oldest and youngest rocks in Zion, as well as its tallest peak: the 8926 foot - Horse Ranch Mountain.
The route will traverse along a ridgeline, climbing over 1,000 feet in elevation until it ends at a turn-about known as the Timber Creek Overlook. Timber Creek features an absolutely breathtaking view of the Kolob Terrace. Keep your camera ready. The light in the afternoon to twilight can be the best time for photography and this area is one of the best places for panoramic shots.
May 7th, 2013
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