Kolob Canyons to close for 7 months

The Kolob Canyons portion of Zion National Park located off Interstate 15 will be closed for approximately seven months starting May 1, 2018, Kolob Canyons National Park, Utah, photo dated May 19, 2017 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

SPRINGDALE — Access to portions of the Kolob Canyon District of Zion National Park, located off Exit 40 on Interstate 15, will be restricted due to a project involving reconstructing sections of the road, repaving the entire road and adding accessible parking, sidewalk and toilet facilities.

The Kolob Canyons portion of Zion National Park located off Interstate 15 will be closed for approximately seven months starting May 1, 2018, Kolob Canyons National Park, photo date not specified | Photo courtesy Zion National Park, St. George News

The closure is scheduled to begin May 1. The full length of Kolob Canyon Road, the Visitor Center and parking lot off of I-15 will be closed to all traffic during the seven-month project. The Taylor Creek Trail, the Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Lee Pass trailhead and other areas served via the Kolob Canyons Road will not be available to the public.

Read more: Kolob Canyons day; legends of Zion National Park’s most accessible section

Overnight permitted hikes will be drop-off/pick-up only from April 15-30. No vehicles or hiking will be permitted inside the closure beginning May 1.

Construction engineers and park officials have determined that closing these areas during the project will be safest for visitors and workers, as well as expediting the work, so the area may open at the soonest possible date.

Visitors will be able to access the La Verkin Creek Trail and hike to the Kolob Arch via the Hop Valley Trail, which can be accessed from the Kolob Terrace Road off state Route 9 in Virgin. Overnight trips require a permit.

Kolob Terrace Road underwent its own maintenance project last summer to preserve the life of the road and is now open; however, the road isn’t maintained through the winter, so travelers are advised to use caution.

Read more: Winter back roads: Know before you go; stay out of Kolob

In a press release from Zion National Park, officials reminded visitors that there are many surrounding state parks, forest service and public land scenic areas to consider as alternatives to Kolob Canyons during this closure.

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  • utahdiablo March 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Kolob was about the only close place to bring visiting family and friends as Zion is overrun with tourists now….so just another damn place you can no longer visit anytime soon here in good ol’ southern Utah

    • Lee Sanders March 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Kolob Reservoir road off SR 9 in Virgin is a decent option. It’s an easy drive and any visitors I’ve taken up there have loved it.

  • SteveSGU March 15, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    This seems to be a bit ridiculous. There is no reason why the entire road must be closed for 7 months right through the busy season! If they can keep one lane open through Springdale and get that job done faster, they can do that in Kolob Canyons as well. This work probably isn’t even really needed.

  • Thecadean March 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Always good to see investment in our national parks. But six months? Seriously? I’ve been in cities in China that were completely renovated with a million people in less time.

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