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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon

Aloha Everyone

Located in the northwest section of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon is less crowded, easily accessible “mini” national park. It’s entrance is just one freeway exit away from Kanarraville, or one mile from our RV Park. J.J. and I first visited Kolob nearly 6 years ago and fell in love with its rugged beauty, colorful and amazing rock formations. To drive up to the top, one takes a two way paved mountain road for 5 miles. At the end of the road, there is an easy one mile walking trail for a more spectacular view of the canyon. Yes, I love Kolob Canyon and we had waited at least a year the area to reopen.

J.J. thinks the reason for a one year closure was multiple landslides due to heavy rains and snow. The fact is we had set aside today to drive up the canyon and for me to go on a mile hike. I was also hoping to practice yoga and take photos for our blog.

Well this turned out to be one of those days when things just did not go the way we had planned.

Kolob Canyon road is accessible but still under construction. We were halted twice. We also encountered a couple of sections where the paved road became loose gravel.

The late morning light was unfitting to photograph the intricate ridges and the ever enchanting hues of the canyons. So the only photo I took was a new signage at the entrance to the parking lot.  

What else was new? They had replaced 3 old rustic toilets with more modern rustic toilets. What are they? Let’s just say water is not needed.

Aloha -- Cathi