Meet the Giant of Kolob Canyons
Hidden deep within Kolob Canyons wilderness is one of the largest free-standing arches in the world, Kolob Arch.
You’ll want to plan on an all day adventure for this one. Starting at Lee’s Pass, the trail winds along the LaVerking Creek into the backcountry of Kolob Canyons. This 14 mile hike is considered strenuous. However, the end of the trail holds a sight not seen by most of Zion’s three million annual visitors.
Float on a cloud lake
Formed by an ancient lava flow, Navajo Lake was once known to the Paiute Indians as “Pa-Cu-Ay” or “Cloud Lake”. This pristine lake rests on a layer of limestone and drains into the Virgin River via Cascade Falls. To the east, Navajo feeds numerous springs forming the Sevier River (one of the few rivers in North America that flows north).
Stand on the edge of the earth
From the summit of Brian Head Peak (11,307 feet elevation) look out at Nevada’s Wheeler and Highland peaks, Arizona’s Mount Trumbull and Navajo Mountain. Bever County’s Tushar Range and Paunsagunt, Table Cliffs, and Aquarius plateaus. Furthermore, turning west, little-known ranges with mysterious names such as the Never Summer Mountains and Wah Wahs become visible.
The peak is accessible by a dirt road, ending at the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps pavillion.
Stargaze at 10,000 feet
Stand in awe beneath a diamond studded sky in the crisp clean air of 10,000 feet while observing distant galaxies and twinkling star clusters . The months of June through August Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts a special Star Party every Saturday. Rangers lead laser-guided tours of the heavens explaining everything from constellation mythology to the structure of the universe. Telescopes are avialbe for anyone to use and reservations are not required.
Hike among the ancients
Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs and try to decipher the tales left behind by Native Americans at the Parowan Gap. The walls of Parowan gap are steep panels of weathered and fracutred Navajo Sandstone. Covered in petroglyphs, these walls were used by many ancient Fremont Cultures and the ancestors of the Southern Paiute and Hopi people as the passage was frequently traveled. Circles, spirals, lines, and dots all collide and overlap giving you the sense that some of the petroglyphs are newer than others.
Watching the sunset from here is highly reccomened.