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Zion National Park: Double Arch Alcove

Get all the red rock magic without the crowds on a kid-friendly, 5.2-mile out-and-back in Zion’s off-the-radar Kolob Canyons area.

Rating

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

To Trailhead

From Cedar City, go 16 miles south on I-15. Take exit 40, turn left on Kolob Canyons Rd., and head east two miles past the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center to the Middle Fork Taylor Creek parking area.

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