Kolob Arch, Zion National Park

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Kolob Arch

Located in the northwestern corner of Zion National Park, hikers can view the beautiful Kolob Arch which spans 287.4 feet, making it the world's second longest spanning arch.

  • Enjoy spectacular scenery while hiking to the world's second longest spanning arch, the Kolob Arch.
  • Located in the northwestern corner of Zion, Kolob Arch can be accessed as a day hike or an overnight backpacking adventure.
  • Although Lee Pass is the more popular access trail, Hop Creek trail is known for it's scenery.

Overview

Spanning 287.4 feet, Kolob Arch in Zion National Park is one of the world's longest spanning arches.  Known as being 'off the beaten path', visitors to the remote northwestern corner of Zion can hike to Kolob Arch as a long day trip or a overnight backpacking adventure.  On the north side of La Verkin Creek, approximately 700 feet above the trail, lies Kolob Arch.  Facing east, Kolob Arch an be viewed from a vantage point that is about ¼ of a mile south

Location and Access

Kolob Arch Trail in Zion can be accessed from Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.  This northwestern section of Zion can be reached off I-15 at exit 40.  From here, drive from Kolob Canyons Visitor Center 3.7 miles to the Lee Pass parking area.  From the trail head, hikers can reach Kolob Arch via a 14 miles round-trip hike, with an average hiking time of 12 hours.

Hiking to Kolob Arch

Although there is no official Kolob Arch Trail, there are two trails that access Kolob Arch, such as the Lee Pass or Hop Valley trails.  Considered a strenuous hike when attempted as a day hike, many visitors choose to hike to Kolob Arch, Zion as part of an overnight or multi-day backpacking trip.  If choosing the overnight option, remember to acquire a backcountry permit from a Zion National Park ranger station. The Lee Pass is the most popular route, as the other has sections that require walking through creeks and other damp areas.  However, Hop Creek trail is known as the more scenic approach.  The Lee Pass trail is a maintained dirt path, with areas of soft sand and several stream crossings. Note: You'll need a Backcountry Permit to stay overnight while visiting the arch.

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