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This trail follows the Timber Creek then La Verkin Creek through sandy washes and steep-walled canyons to the park boundary northwest of Zion Canyon. Permits are required for dispersed camping along this route.

This trail begins at Lee Pass in the Kolob Canyons area of the park and leads south then eastward to the park boundary. The one-way distance of this track is almost 12 miles. It leads through The Timber Creek drainage then crosses a ridge and enters the La Verkin Creek drainage. It passes through sandy washes and steep-walled canyons surrounded by colorful sandstone. Water is usually available in the La Verkin Creek drainage. Backpackers should check water conditions when applying for a backcountry use permit at the Kolob Canyons.

The La Verkin Creek Trail begins at Lee Pass along Kolob Canyons Road. Travel four miles from the visitor center to the trailhead at 6,050 feet. There are no facilities at this trailhead, but water, restrooms and permits are available at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

The route begins leading southward from the trailhead. It parallels the headwaters of Timber Creek for one mile before entering the drainage. The track descends quickly during the first mile then levels as it reaches the floor of Timber Creek. The path follows the creek bed for another two miles.

Approximately three miles from the trailhead the route leaves Timber Creek and begins ascending a ridge. The track leads eastward climbing 100 feet then descends into La Verkin Creek. From the ridge summit, 5,420 feet, the track descends approximately one mile and 370 feet. It passes an abandoned corral immediately before reaching the stream bed.

After reaching La Verkin Creek the trail leads up stream, gaining elevation slowly. The trail follows La Verkin Creek for one and three-quarter miles to the Kolob Arch Trail. This short trail is seven miles from the Lee Pass Trailhead. There are 15 groups given permits to stay along this portion of the trail each night.

East of the Kolob Arch Trail the route continues to lead along La Verkin Creek. Within a quarter mile of Kolob Arch Trail a spring lies on the southern side of the drainage. This spring is a few minutes west of Hop Valley Trail. This route leads southward six and a half miles to Kolob Terrace Road and is an alternative way to reach Kolob Arch.

East of this trail the La Verkin Creek Trail continues along the stream bed.
The canyon walls become steeper east of Hop Valley Trail. The trail enters the narrows of La Verkin Creek one and a half miles from Hop Valley Trail. A half mile from the beginning of the narrows Beartrap Canyon enters the drainage. One and a half miles beyond Beartrap Canyon to a confluence of La Verkin and Willis Creeks. At this junction the trail turns right and enters Willis Creek canyon. The trail leads one and a half miles along Willis Creek to the park boundary. From Hop Valley Trail to the park boundary is five miles. Four groups per night are allowed permits in the upper portion of La Verkin Creek canyon.

Directions: From Interstate 15, Use exit 40 to reach this facility. After exiting the highway turn eastward and follow the paved road 3.5 miles to Lee Pass.

Elevation: 6,050 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,100 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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Zion National Park, Utah

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