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Zion National Park: Double Arch Alcove

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Distance: 5.2 miles


Get all the red rock magic without the crowds on a kid-friendly, 5.2-mile out-and-back in Zion‰Ûªs off-the-radar Kolob Canyons area.
  • Trailhead, Taylor Creek
  • Start over packed sand towards cliffs
  • The trail crosses Taylor Creek often
  • Crossing Taylor Creek again
  • Paria Point towers to the right
  • Canyon closes in
  • Larson Cabin
  • Leafy section
  • Middle Fork's canyon
  • Fife Cabin
  • Double Arch Alcove
  • Double Arch Alcove
  • View from Double Arch Alcove
  • Waterfall

Double Arch Alcove, along the Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail, features mellow elevation change, creek-splashing opportunities, 1930s-era cabins, and colorful sandstone.

From the Taylor Creek trailhead, descend over packed red sand and reach the creek in .1 mile. Head right (east) along the meandering trickle, which you’ll cross periodically. The log Larson Cabin at mile 1.1 marks the confluence with North Fork Taylor Creek; stay on the main trail. Hillsides dotted with sagebrush give way to steep, iron-striped walls around mile 1.5. Fife Cabin, another historic building, sits at mile 2.1. The maintained trail ends .6 mile later at Double Arch Alcove, a Navajo sandstone atrium featuring hanging gardens, a black-, white- and green-streaked grotto, and two modest arches.

Photos & mapping by Andrew Lavigne, alavigne.net

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