Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove, Taylor Creek Trailhead, Zion National Park, Utah
Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove - 5.4 Miles
Taylor Creek Trailhead
Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove
|Round-Trip Length:||5.4 Miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||5,505' - 5,975' (5,995' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+470' net elevation gain (+675' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Double Arch Alcove is located 2.6 miles from Taylor Creek Trailhead in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park.
The Taylor Creek Trail follows Middle Fork through a narrow, high-walled canyon to a large grotto topped by a sandstone arch. The Taylor Creek Trail features a luxuriant riparian corridor framed by colorful rock formations all along its path:
The trail winds down from the parking area into the stream bed and turns right (east) up the south bank. Cottonwood, maple, oak, pinyon, juniper, ponderosa and fir form a loose canopy over the trail.
In .2 miles you'll be led over the creek, the first of many crossings up to the Larsen Cabin and North Fork - Middle Fork confluence (1.1 miles : 5,626'). Continue east along the Middle Fork.
In 1.5 miles the crimson walls of Tucupit Point (north - 7,698') and Paria Point (south - 7802') rise dramatically over the trail. The peak behind Tucupit is Horse Ranch Mountain (8,726'), the highest in Zion National Park.
Travel intensifies through heavier brush, a good place to look for deer, turkey, skunk, coyote and mountain lion. Be particularly mindful of rattlesnakes in these cluttered sections.
Just past Fife Cabin (2.1 miles : 5,810') the trail drops into the creek and travels upstream a short distance. Entry-exit points to the creek are subtly marked but intuitively found.
Once back on the trail it soon fades and spills into a wide berth confined by tall canyon walls and boulders at the base of Double Arch Alcove (2.7 miles : 5,975').
While the alcove is immediately obvious, the arch above it is not; scramble back north in this atrium-like setting for better perspective and a good view of both features.
The grotto is coated with striking colors drawn from minerals in the rock. Snow melt and seeping waters from above trickle over the grotto's ledge, forming mist and conditions that support hanging gardens.
Honor the Park's request not to enter the grotto; there's plenty of space to explore at its base. The upper canyon is heavily obstructed, and further travel is ill-advised.
GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84View these GPS points on a Google Map
- N37 27.718 W113 11.967 — Taylor Creek Trailhead
- N37 27.851 W113 11.533 — .5 mile mark
- N37 27.714 W113 11.126 — 1.0 mile mark
- N37 27.656 W113 10.708 — 1.5 miles : Undulating climb through narrowing canyon
- N37 27.584 W113 10.266 — 2.0 mile mark
- N37 27.623 W113 09.746 — 2.7 miles : Base of Double Arch Alcove
- Anticipate getting wet along the trail's many stream crossings. Fringe season hikers can expect snow in the upper canyon and cold water.
- This lightly used trail is best in late May and early October when spring blooms and autumn colors peak. Creek access and higher elevations make Taylor Creek a good choice during busy summer months when temperatures soar and crowds swell in Zion Canyon.
- Be mindful of rattlesnakes along the trail during summer months. Never place your hands or feet where you cannot see them.
- Taylor Creek is susceptible to flash floods. Be mindful of changing weather conditions, and seek higher ground immediately if water levels rise.
Rules and Regulations
- Camping, fires and smoking are not permitted on the Taylor Creek Trail.
- Stock is not permitted on the Taylor Creek Trail.
- Group size limit of 12 people.
The Taylor Creek Trail is accessed from the Taylor Creek Trailhead in the Kolob Canyons District of Zion National Park. Travel 2 miles east of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center on Kolob Canyons Road to the Taylor Creek Trailhead and designated parking area on the left.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center
Closed: December 25
Spring: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Summer: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fall: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Winter: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kolob Canyon Visitor Center
Closed: December 25
Spring: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fall: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winter: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.