The sight of what may be the world's largest free-standing natural arch rewards hikers who venture into the backcountry of the Kolob Canyons area. La Verkin Creek Trail begins at Lee Pass Trailhead on Kolob Canyons Road, then follows Timber and La Verkin creeks to the arch, a 14-mile (eight-hour) round-trip with a 699-foot elevation gain. Camping in the area with a backcountry permit is another option. Or, hike in on the Hop Valley Trail from Kolob Terrace Road, also about 14 miles round-trip. Spring and autumn have the best weather. Kolob Arch is in the park's northwest section, easily reached from I-15, Exit 40. Kolob Canyons Visitor Center offers exhibits, information, and permits at this entrance.

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Expert Review of Kolob Arch

Active and Adventure Review of Kolob Arch

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Is Kolob the world's largest free-standing arch? Recent measurements by Jay H. Wilbur in his paper, "The Dimensions of Kolob Arch" ( place southeastern Utah's Landscape Arch as the most likely winner with a span of 290 plus or minus one foot compared to Kolob Arch's 287 plus or minus two feet.
  • On a two-night backpack you could spend the middle day hiking to Kolob Arch, Bear Trap Canyon, or upper LaVerkin Creek.
  • Hiking beyond the Kolob Arch viewpoint isn't recommended because of loose debris on the steep slopes.

Kolob Canyons
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah 84767
Parking: Always open, weather permitting
Price: Park entry is $25 per car or $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-772-3256
Fax: 435-772-3426
Transportation: Car
Neighborhood: Kolob Canyons
Price Information: Park entry is $25 per car or $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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