Saturday, February 11, 2017

Taylor Creek Hike-The other part of Zion National Park

We love this hike! Great views, red rocks, a creek to follow and in the summer time-frogs galore! It would be hard to find a kid or adult who didn't love this hike! After a steep set of stairs leading down from the parking lot, the trail is fairly level and easy, with about 400-500 feet elevation change. Following the creek, the trail winds its way through the Taylor Creek Wash. The total distance of the hike is a little over 5 miles, and ends at Double Arch Alcove. As a family we have not made it that far yet.

We usually end our hike a little over a mile in at an old cabin.

 After several creek crossings and lots of playing and exploring, this is usually a great place to stop for a drink and a snack. The historic cabins were built in the 1930's and 50's and are really fun to see. We like talking to our kids about living in a house the size of their bedroom and what it must have been like. They complain about sharing a room with one sibling, so they can't even imagine sharing one room with a whole family.

The flora and fauna of the hike make it very exciting.  There are many frogs (in the summer), the occasional lizard sighting and wildflowers; so the kids were excited to explore and see what was around the next bend.  The frogs were definitely the main attraction for our kids.  They were everywhere and could be seen without really even looking for them. We did find many off to the sides of the creek, in natural made pools and waterfalls. We hiked this on Memorial day, which appeared to be during frog mating season. We also saw one of our favorite native flowers, Penstemon.

As you hike into the canyon you'll see more and more of the Tucupit and Paria tower 1700 feet above and the Double Arch Alcove.

This is a really good hike to take it easy and just let the kids have fun and explore and even get wet when the weather is hot. It is also a beautiful hike year round.

 Probably the most amazing part of this hike for us was the number of other hikers. Even on a national holiday, Memorial Day, we saw other hikers, but not crowds of people. On a random weekday you can practically have the trail to yourself.

The easy access off of I-15 is another plus for this hike!
To get to the trail-head you take the exit 40 off I-15 heading east to the Zion National Park Kolob Canyons.  The visitor center has the basics (bathrooms, maps, souvenirs etc and rangers) but it's much smaller than the main canyon visitor's center.  The parking lot is 2.1 miles from the Visitors Center and located on your left.