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Taylor Creek North Fork, Zion

Taylor Creek flows down through three major canyons in the Kolob Canyons region of Zion National Park.

The North Fork of Taylor Creek is the more difficult of the three canyons to traverse but is very beautiful.

You reach the North Fork by travelling along the Middle Fork to the Larson Cabin and there turn north up the North Fork of Taylor Creek. The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trailhead begins at a large parking area 1.9 miles from the Visitor Center signed as Taylor Creek.

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 6 miles total – moderate
Elevation gain: 600 feet – moderate
Terrain: Overgrown dirt trail with many stream crossings – moderate
Exposure: Large rock obstruction which is difficult to climb – moderate

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park is located off exit 40 on Interstate 15 between St George and Cedar City, Utah.

The Trail

The first section along Taylor Creek, from the trailhead to the Larson Cabin, has the combined flow of both the Middle Fork and North Fork of Taylor Creek. The trail crosses the stream 17 times and in February 2015 this creek could be easily crossed on stepping stones.

Just past the Larson Cabin, turn north into the North Fork of Taylor Creek. Generally follow the stream bed and bypass difficult sections by overgrown paths off to the side. At times travel is difficult.

There is a difficult traverse over a high rock blockage mid way to the head of the canyon. Beyond this the stream bed and trail travel at the base of high red sandstone cliffs. This is a very spectacular area.

Here are some of the pictures taken on February 7, 2015.
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