Kolob Canyon and Zion National Park hikers will have to tweak their plans starting this May while portions of the Kolob Canyon’s District of Zion National Park is restricted due to construction.
Due to a construction project beginning on May 1, all of Kolob Canyon roads, parking lots off of the I-15, and the canyon’s visitor center will be closed for a projected seven months according to a news release from park officials.
The project plans include: road repairs, repaving all of the Kolob Canyon roads, building additional parking areas, and adding bathroom facilities and sidewalks.
“Overnight permitted hikes will be drop off/pick up only, from April 15 through April 30, 2018,” according to a press release from park officials. “No vehicles or hiking will be permitted inside the closure beginning May 1, 2018.”
Visitors will, however, be able to access the La Verkin Creek Trail and hike to the popular Kolob Arch through the Hop Valley Trail. The hop Valley Trailhead is accessible through the Kolob Terrace Road.
Officials believe that by closing the park, the construction project will take less time and effort as well as provide patrons a with safer experience. They also encourage hikers to consider alternative plans as there are “many surrounding State Parks, Forest Service and public land scenic areas.”
Savannah Palmer for SUU News
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National Parks Service