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Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park

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Kolob Canyons is the northwest section of Zion National Park of Utah, United States. The Kolob Canyons are part of the Colorado Plateau region of the park and are noted for their colorful beauty and diverse landscape. This part of Zion National Park is accessed by a park road about 20 miles south of Cedar City, Utah off Interstate 15.In 1847, Mormon farmers from the Salt Lake area became the first people of European descent to settle the Virgin River region. In 1851, the Parowan and Cedar City, Utah areas were settled by Mormons who used the Kolob Canyons area for timber, and for grazing cattle, sheep, and horses. They prospected for mineral deposits, and diverted Kolob water to irrigate crops in the valley below. Mormon settlers named the area Kolob—in Mormon scripture, the nearest star to the planet where God resides.
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  • Worth the short drive from I-15. Not much to see the first mile or so, and then Wham! The wall of red towers seems to hit one in the face. Drive to the end - horizon to horizon cliffs. 
    Worth the short drive from I-15. Not much to see the first mile or so, and then Wham! The wall of red towers seems to hit one in the face. Drive to the end - horizon to horizon cliffs.  more »
  • At the "visitor center", there was just a window open to pay park fee. And port-a-potties. No detailed maps of this area, either. We drove up the the highway, and hiked to the overlook. (lots of... 
    At the "visitor center", there was just a window open to pay park fee. And port-a-potties. No detailed maps of this area, either. We drove up the the highway, and hiked to the overlook. (lots of...  more »
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  • Kolob Canyons is a great, 5-mile scenic drive through Zion’s National Park! There are lots of good trails for hiking, but also plenty of spots to just pull off and enjoy the view. They have nice bathrooms at several of the trailheads. Also, there wasn’t hardly any traffic when I went, which was especially surprising for a nice, summer evening.
  • Beautiful place to visit. Striking views. When you're coming down you'll see the highway and wonder how so many people could be just driving by here.

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