Southern Utah is becoming an exceedingly popular destination for casual travelers and enthusiasts alike. We have seen massive growth in the recreational areas near us and we want to share some tips for you to beat the crowds this Labor Day or any other crowded weekend. Zion National Park and Springdale become excessively busy on holiday weekends. You can expect large crowds showing up early, making lines and parking a headache. If you are looking to skip the lines and cool down in the process, Southern Zion is a great alternative. Turning left from SR-9 in Virgin onto Kolob Terrace Rd. will put you on a path towards Kolob Reservoir. If you take this road to the reservoir, you climb a couple thousand feet in elevation bringing you to much cooler temperatures, which can be a huge relief during the summer. Along this route you will find stunning sites, significantly less traffic, hiking trails, and cooler weather making it a perfect alternative to the main part of the park.
When you enter the park through the southern route, there is a large section of the park with no entrance fee, saving you a quick $30. There are quite a few trails thru this route, I have not been on them, but intend to explore them soon! I put a list at the bottom of the post with links to the locations, I'll be sure to post more information when I hike the trails. When you reach the end of that road you will run into Kolob Reservoir, a beautiful location perfect for kayaking and fishing. Unfortunately, the DNR had to drain the lake within the past couple years do remove illegally introduced fish, making for poor fishing conditions at the moment. Fishing will take a couple years to really kick off. That shouldn't stop you from visiting this gorgeous location, especially in the summer when the weather is perfect, usually near 70 degrees. When I was up there last week, it was 55 degrees at the top of the mountain on a cloudy day in the middle of summer, it was refreshing to say the least. There is so much to see in the area, and I wanted to give you some breif information to try and help you plan your trip appropriately! If you need more help on planning your trip, give us a call and we'll be sure to help you!
Consider going to Southern Zion this Labor Day weekend, or when you are here another time! You will not be disappointed. If you found the information in this article useful, please like and share! If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments and I will make sure I get back to them!
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Hop Valley Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/DGDXzaMmgPo5eqpJ8
Right Fork Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/2DATJFtNLHDHVL8Y7
Left Fork Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/cuvrg1AD8epDx58r7
Wildcat Canyon Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/dbBuTPA6UGyyvpCM8
Zion West Rim Trailhead : https://goo.gl/maps/YMtKm9bf8HR7JVBy6