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Utah, La Verkin Creek Trail
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State: Utah
Location: Zion National Park
Length, One-Way: 11.7 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Elevation Change: 2040 feet
Best Season: Spring, Fall
Difficulty: Moderate
Usage: Moderate

Black Birch Canyon, Utah
Black Birch Canyon, Utah

Trail Information

The La Verkin Creek Trail begins at Lee Pass in the Kolob Canyons area of the park and heads south and east to the park boundary. The one-way distance of this trail is nearly 12 miles. The trail heads through the Timber Creek drainage, crosses a ridge and enters the La Verkin Creek drainage. It passes through sandy washes and steep-walled canyons. Water is usually available in the La Verkin Creek drainage. Backpackers should check water conditions when applying for a backcountry use permit at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

The La Verkin Creek Trail begins at Lee Pass along Kolob Canyons Road. The trailhead is at an elevation of 6,050 feet about 3.5 miles from the visitor center. There are no facilities at this trailhead but water, restrooms and permits are available at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

The La Verkin Creek Trail begins by heading south from the trailhead. It parallels the headwaters of Timber Creek for one mile before entering the drainage. The trail descends quickly during the first mile and then levels as it reaches Timber Creek. The trail follows the creekbed for another two miles.

Approximately three miles from the trailhead, the trail climbs away from Timber Creek and begins to leave the drainage. The trail climbs 100 feet then descends into La Verkin Creek. From the ridge at 5,420 feet, the trail descends for about a mile and losing about 370 feet. It passes an abandoned corral before reaching the stream bed.

After reaching La Verkin Creek, the trail heads up stream, gaining elevation slowly. The trail follows La Verkin Creek for one and three-quarter miles to the Kolob Arch Trail. This short trail is seven miles from the Lee Pass Trailhead. There are 15 groups given permits to stay along this portion of the trail each night.

Just east of the Kolob Arch Trail, the route continues to lead along La Verkin Creek. Within a quarter mile of Kolob Arch Trail, Beatty Spring lies on the southern side of the drainage. This spring is a just few minutes west of the junction with the Hop Valley Trail. This trail heads 6.5 miles south to Kolob Terrace Road and is an alternative way to reach Kolob Arch.

Past the Hop Valley Trail, the La Verkin Creek Trail continues its path along the stream bed and the canyon walls become steeper. The trail enters the narrows of La Verkin Creek about 1.5 miles from Hop Valley Trail. A half mile from the beginning of the narrows Beartrap Canyon enters the drainage. After passing Beartrap Canyon, the trail leads for 1.5miles the confluence of La Verkin and Willis Creeks. The trail turns right and enters Willis Creek Canyon and heads 1.5 miles along Willis Creek to the park boundary. From the Hop Valley Trail to the park boundary is 5 miles. Currently, the Park Service allows four groups per night in the upper portion of La Verkin Creek Canyon.

Directions

From Interstate 15:
Exit Interstate 15 at exit 40 and turn east. Follow the paved road for 3.5 miles to Lee Pass.

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