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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zion National Park Trip: Kolob Canyon

We got up Friday morning ready to explore. We checked out of our hotel and made a quick trip to Smiths to get some stuff for lunches.

Cedar City and Springdale are about 1 1/2 hour drive apart.

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As you can see, everything that's green on this map is considered Zion. 99% of the hikes are near the South entrance in Springdale. However, Kolob canyon is located at the north end of the park. That was our first stop.

We paid our entrace fee at the ranger station there and they gave us a few complimentary maps. I also got talked into buying this book:
It actually ended up being a very handy book and greatly increased our enjoyment of our trip, but I had to laugh at how easily I was talked into it.

Kolob Canyon has an approximate 5 mile road that you can drive and see the canyon. It ends at a lookout point.

The first thing we noticed when we started driving around Kolob Canyon and the rest of ZNP, was that the roads are paved in red instead of grey concrete. It was pretty novel.

The views in Kolob Canyon were just beautiful. It was a fun introduction to the kinds of things you see in ZNP.

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