Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton/Stacy Topping, USA Ron Cushing, Cedar City, Utah, USA Erich Pawelka, Vienna, Austria
Cycling Kolob Terrace: On of the most scenic US bike climbs
Ride 15.4 glorious miles gaining 4,400’ to elevation 7,989 at 5.2% average grade.
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Climb summary by PJAMM’s John Johnson.
Before heading to Zion on your cycling adventure, be sure to rely on our list of Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip, and use our interactive checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.
A US Top 10 Most Scenic Bike Climb
This amazing bike climb has incredible views of Southern Utah rock formations, enters and skirts the western edge of Zion National Park, and ends just short of Blue Springs Reservoir and Kolob Peak. The toughest part of the climb is the very scenic stretch from miles three through five, which averages 8.4%.
The Kolob Terrace Road bike climb takes us towards Kolob Mountain, in the Colorado Plateau Province, covering parts of the four corners area (western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, southern and eastern Utah, and northern Arizona).
Start four miles north of Virgin, Utah.
Sunset Canyon Ranch at mile 0.8.
Enter the great Zion National Park at mile two.
Tabernacle Dome at mile 5.5.
Red Butte (cone, center photo) as seen from mile 5.8.
Entering Cave Valley at mile 7.5.
Cave Valley from the air.
By the mid point of the climb we are in an alpine setting.
Beware of the weather! It is best to travel here May through September . . .
. . . or, at least keep an eye on the weather forecast. .
Kolob Mountain at mile 17 - market and provisions here.
End of this stunningly beautiful ride at Kolob Reservoir.
Thank you Bruce and Stacy!!
This Top 100 US Bike Climb is the southern and most remote (300 miles south of Salt Lake City) road cycling location in Utah. However, this is truly a spectacular destination and worth the effort to travel to.
We LOVE the Kolob Terrace bike climb - one of the greatest in the US.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.5 (11.7%) and steepest mile begins at 4.1 (9.4%)
Traffic and Roadway Report: As of October, 2019, the roadway surface was very good and the traffic along this route is minimal. This is an excellent road for cycling.
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