Colors of Kolob Canyons (Utah)

February 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Kolob Canyons are a part of Zion National Park in Utah.  It is separate from the main, larger area of the park but well worth the extra drive.  The canyon road is only several miles long from the highway exit (I-15) and then you turn around and drive back out.  There are several viewing areas along the road, but this photo was taken from the last viewing area as the sun was going down and a full moon was rising (those photos to come soon.)  The colors glowed, and I loved the sugary snow sprinkled over the scene.  The day was quite warm as had been the rest of the week, and the snow was rapidly melting.  This picture would not have looked the same just one or two days later.  We stayed in the campground at the main park area and enjoyed the rest of the park the next day.  

During winter months, the park shuttles do not run so you can travel to each of the view points with your own vehicle (or hike or bike.)  The campground by the visitor center was open but only one loop of it was open and it looked like the camp sites were full the two nights we were there (Thursday and Friday.)  I would recommend checking weather conditions and closures before heading to the park.  Park websites have alerts posted but if it looks like bad weather, a phone call would provide more accurate and up to date information.  As always, pack appropriately.  Weather changes rapidly, so expect it all; layers are your best option.  Water and sun protection are always vital, and a first aid kit can be a lifesaver.  


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