This is a wonderful, short scenic
out-and-back climb into a section of Zion
National Park. Since it is so easily reachable
from an I15 exit, it is anything but isolated.
But traffic tends to be extremely considerate.
START-END WEST: exit36, I15
3.(04.2mile,5070ft)I15 Kolob Canyon exit
4.(09.6mile,6230ft)TOP: end of road
From West. You can start
lower than the starting point on the profile. But
then a section of the ride has to be on the
shoulder of I15. There is nothing wrong or illegal
with that, and it is safer than most roads in the
area. But for some reason some people don't like
it ( admitted - it is a little noisy ).
The profile starts at the exit south of the Kolob
Canyon exit and follows Old US191 north, a well
maintained wide road without traffic. At the next
I15 exit, the route crosses on the other side of
I15 and enters Zion National Park. In order to
ride up, you are requested to pay 20 dollars per
bicycle at the visitor's center. I don't know if
the high cost is supposed to discourage visitors,
definitely a possibility under the Trump regime.
If you are 62 or older you can buy a year's pass
for all national parks and monuments for the same
price - what a deal.
A road paved to (let's say) European smoothness
standards climbs steeply, surrounded by superb
landscape consisting of sandstone monolyths. I
have never seen such a smooth road, consisting of
a darker tar asphalt outside of a National Park.
It is the same surface as on the main road in Zion
Park. At road's end a half mile foot trail leads
to another overlook. Shoes you can walk in too,
definitely have their moments, and this is
definitely one of them.
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Dayride without two way summits and this point as
the highest one way summit
( < Kolob
Terrace s(u) | Hurricane Mesa
s(u) > )
Kolob Canyon(ow) : I15 Kolob Canyon ext
<> out and back to end of road at Kolob Canyon
overlook << <> separte out and back on
Old US191 south to turaround point at next I15 exit
south (exit36) : 19.5miles with 1890ft of climbing
in 1:55hrs (garmin etrex30 m3:19.10.14)