Kolob Terrace, Zion National Park

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Kolob Terrace

Hiking through the Kolob Terrace area of Zion National Park offers a perfect natural experience to outdoor enthusiasts - one filled with beautiful views, eroded peaks and scented pine forests.

  • Northgate Peaks Trail is the perfect family hike through the Kolob Terrace area
  • This hike is 2.4 miles roundtrip and offers scenic views
  • An easy hike with minimal elevation gain
  • Trailhead is located off Kolob Terrace Road, about 16 miles north of its junction with Highway 9


Kolob Terrace is one of the sections of Zion National Park where you can find fewer crowds and thus some peaceful solitude. Hiking a short and easy trail takes you to an overlook where you can gaze upon Northgate Peaks. The Northgate Peaks Trail is perfect for families, with minimal elevation gain.

The Ponderosa pines, the views of the surrounding slick domes, lovely high meadows and the Pine Valley Peak, all combine to make this scenic hike one that you will remember for ages to come.


Take Kolob Terrace Road north towards Kolob Reservoir. The Wildcat Canyon Trailhead is the starting point, and this is on the left side of the road, almost 16 miles north of the Kolob Terrace Road junction with Highway 9 in Virgin, Utah.


  • Distance – 2.4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Elevation Gain – 100 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

There are good trail conditions on the Northgate Peaks Trail, but the best time to hike this trail is June through November. In the winter there can be deep snow.

Be aware of park warnings regarding mountain lions. Avoid hiking at dawn or dusk.