Taylor Creek Trail, Zion National Park Hiking

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Taylor Creek Trail

Hike through a steep canyon in Zion National Park when you follow the Taylor Creek Trail, with sandstone arches above, towering monoliths and a wide variety of forested landscape. Read More

  • Zion National Park hiking is great on the Taylor Creek Trail
  • A moderate out-and-back trail with only 470 feet elevation gain
  • 5.4 miles (typically about 3 hours)
  • Trailhead is two miles east of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center


The Taylor Creek Trail follows the same path as Taylor Creek, winding through firs, Ponderosa pines, cottonwoods and oaks. You’ll smell the aromatic sage and enjoy this well-worn trail through Zion National Park. The sheer cliff walls, towering rock formations and arches will amaze and inspire. Stop at the historic cabins to get a taste of the park’s Old West past.


You’ll find the trailhead for the Taylor Creek Trail two miles east of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center on Kolob Canyons Road. The parking lot is on the left side of the road.


  • Distance – 5.4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 3 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 470 feet
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

It’s best to hike Taylor Creek Trail from late in May to early October. There are many stream crossings, so you can expect to get somewhat wet.

During the summer, you will likely see rattlesnakes along the trail. Keep your feet and hands out of brush and don’t reach behind rocks or anywhere you can’t see.

Weather can change rapidly in this region, and this creek is susceptible to flash flooding. When water levels rise, go for higher ground.

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