Kolob Terrace Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.3
FIETS
19.3 mi
DISTANCE
4,723 ft
GAINED
4.3 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton/Stacy Topping, USA Ron Cushing, Cedar City, Utah, USA Erich Pawelka, Vienna, Austria

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Cycling Kolob Terrace: one of the most picturesque bike climbs in Utah and the United States. On this ride we enter the extraordinary Zion National Park through the back door (see PJAMM's Zion NP climb area page for more information on Zion National Park).
Average grade is 4.3% (5.5% climb only).  16% of the climb is descent, 41% at 0-5%, 30% at 5-10% and 12% at 10-15%.  The steepest quarter mile is 11.7% and steepest mile 9.4%.  Most of the descent is the 3 miles getting you to the finish at Kolob Reservoir.

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Roadway:  As you would expect in a national park, the roadway is in excellent condition. 

Traffic:  Minimal.

Parking:  At climb start, just before the small bridgte - Map; Street View

Entrance to National Park:  There is no fee to enter this portion of Zion NP. 
Provisions:  You can get food and drinks at the Kolob General Store at mile 17.3 - Map; Street View.
We stayed in Springdale 16 miles from the start of this climb and used that as our staging area for the breathtaking climbs in the area - See PJAMM Climb Area Page:  Zion National Park.

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Cycling Kolob Terrace Road - aerial drone photo of road and mountains

Cycling Kolob Terrace: Perhaps the most scenic of all 100 US bike climbs

Ride 15.4 glorious miles gaining 4,400’ to elevation 7,989 at 5.2% average grade.

Visit our Zion National Park page.

Bicycle ride up Kolob Terrace - red rock mountain formations bike and roadway

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).

Bicycle ride of Kolob Terrace Road - start - roadway and mountains - cycllist on bike

Start four miles north of Virgin, Utah.

Sunset Canyon Ranch at mile 0.8.

Climbing Kolob Terrace by bike - cyclist at Zion National Park Sign with bike

Enter the great Zion National Park at mile two.

Tabernacle Dome at mile 5.5.

Climbing by bike Kolob Terrace Road - cyclist on road with Red Butte in background

Red Butte (cone, center photo) as seen from mile 5.8.

Bicycle ride Kolob Terrace Road - cyclist on road riding past Share the Road Sign 

Entering Cave Valley at mile 7.5.

Cave Valley from the air.

Aerial drone photo of Cave Valley on Kolob Terrace Road

By the mid point of the climb we are in an alpine setting.

Cycling Kolob Terrace - bike on snowbank

Beware of the weather! It is best to travel here May through September . . .

. . . or, at least keep an eye on the weather forecast. .

Kolob Terrace bike climb - finish - roadway and forest

Kolob Mountain at mile 17 - market and provisions here.

Aerial drone photo of Cave Valley on Kolob Terrace Road

End of this stunningly beautiful ride at Kolob Reservoir.

Aerial drone photo of Cave Valley on Kolob Terrace Road

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.

Cycling Kolob Terrace Road - John Johnson PJAMM with bike and rock formations in background

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.