Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

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4.6 Miles 7.3 Kilometers



455' 139 m


-455' -139 m


5,921' 1,805 m


5,482' 1,671 m



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A relatively easy hike up one of Kolob Canyon's mesmerizing finger canyons.

Tom Robson


This child-friendly route takes hikers up one of Zion's many amazing canyons to a breathtaking alcove at its apex.

Although beautiful, this is one of the less-photogenic hike's in the park. However, Double Arch Alcove is without a doubt a worthy destination.
Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs


The Taylor Creek Trail leads hikers deep into a narrow box canyon toward the Double Arch Alcove, where erosion has carved out natural openings in the Navajo sandstone. As the trail reaches the mouth of the canyon it enters the Zion Wilderness and begins to crisscross Taylor Creek.

The trail passes the geologic formation of the Kanarraville Fold and two historic homestead cabins built in the early 1930's. The vertical walls of Tucupit and Paria tower 1700 feet above the trail as hikers arrive at the Double Arch Alcove.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors are often surprised by the relative lushness found in Zion Canyon. The riparian area of the Virgin River supports enormous cottonwood trees and a diversity of herbaceous plants and grasses. Nearby, saturated wetlands make nice habitat for cattails, willows, aquatic plants, and rushes. Water seeping out of the Navajo sandstone creates tranquil springs and the unique “hanging gardens” for which Zion is famous, full of ferns, wildflowers, and mosses.

The cliffs of Zion stand resolute, a glowing presence in late day, a wild calm. Melodies of waters soothe desert-parched ears, streams twinkle over stone, wren song cascades from red rock cliffs, cottonwood leaves jitter on the breeze. But when lightning flashes water falls erupt from dry cliffs, and floods flash down waterless canyons exploding log jams, hurling boulders, croaking wild joyousness, and dancing stone and water and time. Zion is alive with movement, a river of life always here and always changing.


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A million times !!
Jul 11, 2016
Talmage Jones
Talmage + Leica 5mi — 2h 52m
Jun 3, 2016
Christina Rose
A lot longer than expected. Had a 4 and 7 year old and they did well. Bring lots of water! It gets hot. You get to cross the creek over 30 times! 7mi
May 30, 2016
Divya Jain
Oh my!! It was beautiful.
May 26, 2016
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A friend and I hiked this trail on 12/5/14. It's a very colorful trail. Some of the trail is in the creek bed which was dry where we had to hike in it. There are some water bars near the begining as the trail decends to the creek. Nov 8, 2015

Great trail for multiple skill levels. Also not as busy as the rest of Zion. Be aware the NPS says the hike is 2.5 miles each way and it ends up being 3.5 miles each way. Mar 18, 2017

@Connor, if what you say is true, my mapping is off by at least a couple of miles. Did you happen to record a GPS track of your hike that I could use to correct the line here? Mar 20, 2017

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