Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA.
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Cycling Kolob Canyon Road
Ride 5 miles gaining 1,236’ at 4.1% average grade.
We stumbled upon this extraordinary bike ride while searching for rides in Zion National Park and we are SO glad we did. Situated in the northwestern corner of Zion National Park (146,597 acres; est 1919 by Woodrow Wilson) this is our choice for the most scenic short bike ride (5 miles or less) in the United States. This is 5 miles over glass smooth roadway that is never without spectacular views. This climb is only mildly difficult, but If you are ever anywhere in southern Utah with a bicycle, do this climb - you will not regret it.
Start the climb at the Visitor Center.
Amazing views begin in the first mile.
3 miles, 5,900’ elevation
Near Paria Point at mile 3.3
For the most part straight, with a couple exceptions.
Viewpoint at mile 4.5
Finish the climb 5.2 miles up the road at the Kolob Viewpoint.
Visit our Zion National Park page.
The National Park Service says of Kolob Canyon:
The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is located at Exit 40 on Interstate 15, 40 miles north of Zion Canyon and 17 miles south of Cedar City. A five-mile scenic drive along the Kolob Canyons Road allows visitors to view the crimson canyons and gain access to various trails and scenic viewpoints.
Here in the northwest corner of the park, narrow parallel box canyons are cut into the western edge of the Colorado Plateau, forming majestic peaks and 2,000 foot cliff walls. Whether you come to view the panoramic landscape from our scenic drive, hike into one of our majestic canyons, or begin a multi-day adventure into the Zion Wilderness, Kolob Canyons has something special for everyone to experience. More
No shortage of photo-ops on this climb.
Thanks also to Team Stacy/Bruce for this one!