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A relatively easy run up one of Kolob Canyon's mesmerizing finger canyons.


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4.6

Miles

7.3

KM

98%

Runnable

5,921' 1,805 m

High

5,482' 1,671 m

Low

455' 139 m

Up

455' 139 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This child-friendly route takes runners up one of Zion's many amazing canyons to a breathtaking alcove at its apex. Although beautiful, some people find this to be one of the less photogenic run's in the national park. Double Arch Alcove, however, is without a doubt a worthy destination.

Description

Start by parking at the Taylor Creek Trailhead. Begin running out of the parking lot heading north on a well-marked trail. Be prepared to get your feet wet, as this trail crosses Taylor Creek multiple times until you reach an old cabin known as The Larson Cabin. The first section of the trail tends to be a bit busier, but as you continue onward it generally becomes quieter.

From here, the obvious trail leads into a deep, narrow box canyon and the Double Arch Alcove, where erosion has carved out beautiful features into the Navajo sandstone. This cave-like feature has hanging gardens and tends to seep with water throughout the year. Beyond the arch, the vertical walls of Tucupit and Paria tower 1700 feet overhead.

Continue for a short distance to the head of the canyon, which makes a good place to rest in the shade before turning around and retracing your steps to the car.

History & Background

The trail passes the geologic formation of the Kanarraville Fold and two historic homestead cabins built in the early 1930's.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Marley Nelson

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Photos

Double Arch Alcove
Feb 5, 2015 near Cedar City, UT
Tucupit Point
Oct 17, 2017 near Toquerv…, UT
View from Larson Cabin on a rainy day.
Feb 6, 2024 near Toquerv…, UT
Taylor Creek Trail
Oct 8, 2019 near Toquerv…, UT
Zion Mists
Feb 5, 2015 near Toquerv…, UT
Alcove at the end of Taylor Creek Trail.
Oct 17, 2017 near Cedar City, UT

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