Kolob Terrace region of Zion National Park
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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I intended to look at maps online to see how to get to the Kolob regions of Zion National Park. Unfortunately, the internet went down at my hotel before I had gotten around to it so I drove about a half hour to the park's Visitor Center.
While I was at the Visitor Center I asked about hiking The Narrows and The Subway. Permits are required for The Subway and they're in high demand. Most of them are given out online up to three months ahead of your visit. There are some given out in person the lines start very early in the morning, something I'm not particularly fond of. Permits aren't required for The Narrows but the water is still high due to snow melt. I decided not to do either of these hikes on this trip.
Armed with a map, I headed back to the town of Virgin, which is close to my hotel, and headed north toward Kolob Terrace. I only knew of a couple interesting points along the road but I was expecting a lot of good scenery and I wasn't disappointed. The park's map shows the road ending at a reservoir but it actually continues on north of the park. I continued on and found some lovely fields of what I believe were blue and yellow wildflowers. (I'll have to wait until I show the pictures to someone who isn't colorblind for confirmation.)
After spending some time photographing the wildflowers I headed back toward Virgin. I had skipped the Lava Point Overlook on my way north figuring I'd stop there on the way south when the lighting would be better. Most days that probably would have been the right thing to do but today the view of Zion Canyon was obscured by rain and clouds. Oh, well. I continued south stopping at many of the turnouts. Fortunately, the rain and clouds were very localized and most of the views were not obscured.
I eventually made it back to Virgin and headed for my hotel.