As I was cruising down Interstate 15 near Kanarraville, Utah yesterday, I notice that the Kolob Canyons exit was closed. This was a bit troubling to me, as it’s one of my favorite parts of Zion National Park — mostly because the bulk of the crowds flock to Zion Canyon and completely pass up the Kolob Canyons Scenic Byway.
I could see the visitor center from the highway, and the road still looked good, but there certainly was a large collection of construction equipment in the parking lot. And of course the visitor center was also closed.
So I did a little research when I got to my home for the next few days, and my concern quickly turned to jubilation. It appears that the whole road is being repaved, and the good news is that they will also be adding some accessible parking places, sidewalks and toilets at many of the overlooks. Yippee!
It’s really a spectacular drive and now it’s going to be even more accessible. The five-mile route climbs 1,000 feet in elevation and offers great views of the red Navajo sandstone canyon walls along the way. And although there’s accessible parking at the visitor center and at the summit, the pullouts and overlooks along the way lack striping. So I’m thrilled that this project will rectify that oversight. I’m hoping to see accessible facilities at Lee Pass, the Colorado Plateau Overlook and Taylor Creek next time I pass through.
The road is scheduled to open near the end of 2018, so definitely put Kolob Canyons on your itinerary for 2019. Oh, and it’s the perfect place to catch a sunset!!