Visiting the Kolob Canyons and taking the scenic drive was a fantastic surprise for my entire family. We were driving to Zion National Park from Salt Lake City, UT and were looking for a place to take a little break from the high speeds of the 15 freeway and get out and stretch our legs. We saw the brown information sign for the Kolob Canyons from the freeway and decided to pull off exit #40 and check it out.
The Kolob Canyons are part of Zion National Park. The 5 mile scenic drive is open all year long and is easily accessible off of the I-15 freeway. There is a $25 entrance fee per vehicle but the permit includes entrance into all of Zion National Park for 7 days, so if your headed to Zion, this side trip doesn’t cost you additional money. Stop in at the visitor center, pay the fee, use the restroom, get the park information and maybe a postcard or two. The Park Rangers are very helpful and nice. If your interested in more than just driving through, they can give you detailed information and maps about some of the hikes in the park.
I can’t tell you how many times I have driven past Kolob Canyons on the 15 freeway without stopping. I now know this could be just a great little 1/2 hour side trip along the way to your final destination, or you could make it a multi-day experience by hiking and camping in the back-country. Either way, it’s very conveniently located and definitely well worth a visit.