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    Kolob canyon rd. closure

    I saw the following on the Zion permit site
    "Kolob Canyons road and trailhead access will be closed to all access beginning 4/1/18 until the fall of 2018. Access will be limited to hiker drop off and pick up only for the Lee Pass trailhead from 3/15-3/31/18. Those planning trips involving this area will need to plan accordingly."

    I plan on being in Zion around June, and one of the canyons I plan is Kolob...I believe the statement above is about Kolob rd. section: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/37.4...37.4352802!3e0

    and will not impact access to Lava Pt. area / Kolob Canyon trail-head...can someone confirm?

    Thx

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    I believe this is the other side of the park, literally called “Kolob Canyons” not THE kolob canyon road. It’s the road at the other visitor center site near Cedar City.

    Anyone know the reason why for the closure? Road maintenance?

    Kolob, the technical canyon, will not be impacted. If I had access to my computer I would do a screenshot for ya.

    Anddd I’m way jealous of you doing Kolob. Love that one. I won’t be doing until August or later. Post a TR when you get back please.



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    I believe this is the other side of the park, literally called “Kolob Canyons” not THE kolob canyon road.
    The road to Lee Pass is called the Kolob Canyon or Kolob Canyons road, depending on the map or source. I believe the highway sign near the exit says Kolob Canyon. This is not the road you want.

    Kolob Canyon trail-head...can someone confirm?
    The Kolob Canyon road isn't the one that goes to Lava Point. That is the Kolob Terrrace Road. The technical slot canyon is Kolob Creek, not Kolob Canyon. They are in separate areas of the park. Yes, it is confusing with all the names that have Kolob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott P View Post
    The Kolob Canyon road isn't the one that goes to Lava Point. That is the Kolob Terrrace Road. The technical slot canyon is Kolob Creek, not Kolob Canyon. They are in separate areas of the park. Yes, it is confusing with all the names that have Kolob.
    The road going up past the Kolob Terraces to the Kolob Reservoir is called, variously, the Kolob Terrace road, and/or the Kolob Reservoir Road. The Kolob Terraces are officially the Upper and Lower Kolob Plateaus.

    The section of the Park accessed off I-15 south of Cedar City is the Kolob Canyons Section. I realize many non-Utahns will automatically consider the "s" to be a Utah-accent thing, but it is not. The road up to (and past) Lee Pass is the Kolob Canyons Road, which leads to the Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. This road gives access to many canyons coming off of the Upper Kolob Plateau (kinda sorta), but none of them are named "Kolob Canyon".

    The technical canyon through which Kolob Creek flows would, of course, be Kolob Canyon - though it is not officially labelled as such on the USGS topo map, the go-to standard for official names. The PARK may or may not officially call this Kolob CANYON - hard to tell since on-line reservations are not available for Kolob by whatever name.

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    but none of them are named "Kolob Canyon"
    True, but I was referring to the name of the road. The road near the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is the one named Kolob Canyon Road (at least according the sources labeling the road that I'm aware of, including road signs). This is true both east and west of I-15.

    Unless it has been changed very recently (as in the last few weeks), the I-15 highway sign at the exit says also "Kolob Canyon" for the exit to the visitor center (check this for yourself next time you drive by) and the road signs call it Kolob Canyon Road. As you point out, the NPS calls the section of the park Kolob Canyons.

    https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvis...ob-canyons.htm

    Regardless of whatever canyon the NPS or anyone else calls Kolob Canyon (though the technical one being referred to is always labeled as Kolob Creek on all official maps), Kolob Canyon Road is one near the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center. This is the official name of the road itself.

    The technical canyon through which Kolob Creek flows would, of course, be Kolob Canyon
    A lot of confusion could be eliminated by simply using the official name of Kolob Creek or calling it Kolob Creek Canyon, such as done most commonly with canyons that are only labeled as creek on the USGS maps (Deer Creek Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Boulder Creek Canyon, etc.).

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    Google Street View off I-15:

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    "Kolob Canyons road and trailhead access will be closed to all access beginning 4/1/18 until the fall of 2018. Access will be limited to hiker drop off and pick up only for the Lee Pass trailhead from 3/15-3/31/18. Those planning trips involving this area will need to plan accordingly."

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    There's my hand drawn maps for ya @nkanarik.

    In other words, Kolob Canyon (tech canyon) WILL be open. Kolob Canyons Road (notice the "s") will not. Kolob Canyons road goes to Lee's Pass. Kolob Terrace Road does not lead to Lee's pass trailhead. Clear as mud?

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    Clear as mud?
    Pretty good only that Kolob Canyon on the map should be labeled Kolob Creek and your dashed area is actually the Oak Creek Drainage.

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    Anyway, I think nkanarik gets the message. He should be good to go.
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    Wow...didn't know my question will generate such a lively discussion

    Thanks all......hope to post a trip report for Kolob canyon sometime in June

    Cheers

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    I thought the no "s" meant "no shit".
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkanarik View Post
    Wow...didn't know my question will generate such a lively discussion

    Thanks all......hope to post a trip report for Kolob canyon sometime in June

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