- Shuttle Stop #, [Kolob Canyons Road]
- Estimated Roundtrip Time: 3.5 hours
- Distance: 5.0 miles/8.0 kilometers
- Elevation Change: 450 feet/137 meters
About the Taylor Creek Trail
These last two hikes are far off in the northwest region of Zion National Park in a region known as Kolob Canyons. Driving around to I-15 and entering the park at the Kolob Canyons entrance, a short drive will bring you to a parking area at the Taylor Creek trailhead. The trail is clearly marked though some old-timers may still refer to this as the Middle Fork trail as it used to be called, but once you park and get ready to hike, it’s a straight shot east to the Double Arch Alcove.
The first leg of the trail gently winds in and out of the Juniper bushes and Pinion pines. In contrast to the trails in the main park, Kolob Canyon has thick vegetation that grows strong and wild, at times appearing to obfuscate the trail entirely. Take happy refuge in the shade of these trees, especially if you’ve hikes the other scorching sun baked trails, a little shelter from the sun makes for a varied hike.
Just under half way down the trail you will come to a spur that juts north where the Larson Cabin sits, a mile up that spur is a matching construct, the Fife Cabin. Both 12’x24’ cabins were built in 1931 and housed the survey team and their families back when Taylor Creek was known as “Dry Creek”. Sporadically homesteaded, the cabins became National Park Service assets and have been preserved in varying degrees of upkeep, and now serve as landmarks.
After the Larson Cabin, you’ll hike the direct route to the Double Arch Alcove, crossing the Taylor Creek several more times. Except during the Spring melt season, the creek is shallow and runs slow so you shouldn’t get very wet with all this creek hopping. At the end of the trail is the fantastic alcove that shines and shimmers with all the colors the desert can paint. Natural sandstone and water seepage create dazzling displays for you to take in before hiking the trail back out the way you came in.