Southern Utah has been gaining quite a lot of popularity over the last several years for it’s beauty and distinct, unique landscapes. Just recently Snow Canyon State Park as well as Sand Hollow Reservoir were visited and used for Katy Perry’s new music video for her song “Rise”.

The music video captures Snow Canyon and Sand Hollow so perfectly and really shows how stunning and captivating they really are. The song fits perfectly with the landscape as well! It’s not a surprise to us local Southern Utahans that these parks in our area are finally getting the recognition they deserve. We’ve known how lovely they are all along!

Located anywhere else, Snow Canyon would be a National Park. The Park offers some of the most majestic panoramic views, contrasting colors and stunning landscapes. This place is a photographers dream come true (and apparently a music video producers as well), as it is one of the most picturesque places in Southern Utah! Even on hot days with the blazing hot sun washing out colors, this place still manages to produce some of the most stunning scenes. If you have friends or family who are local to this area, they or someone they know surely has wedding photos, senior pics, etc. that were taken at Snow Canyon.

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Not only is Snow Canyon one of the most beautiful places along with Zion and Bryce, but it offers its visitors a plethora of fun activities! Enjoy camping, repelling, biking, hiking and more when in the park.

There are so many different and unique hikes here that it is hard to pinpoint exactly which ones are more favored. In our opinion they’re all worth trying. Definitely give the lava caves a go! There are a lot of little hidden gems throughout this park, each so different from the other, making every visit to this park a new and exciting one.

For those who are less familiar with Zion, Kolob Canyons is part of Zion and is located on the northwestern side of the park with an entirely separate entrance. This is a great place to hike and explore if you are looking for a little bit of solitude as it has fewer visitors. Most don’t know that Kolob is part of the Zion Park, which means that you can use your annual or interagency passes! Kolob Canyons offers several hikes and overlooks and is definitely just as stunning as the main part of Zion National Park, just a bit more crimson in color! Here are a few of the hikes you can take if you visit Kolob Canyons.

Taylor Creek

If you’re looking for a fun family hike with tons of wild life then Taylor Creek is definitely a hike you will want to go on. This is a 5 mile hike that takes most 4 hours to reach the end and back. This trail takes you into a narrow box canyon toward the double arch cove. On the trail you will criss cross over Taylor Creek multiple times giving you the chance to splash and play in the water to cool off before moving forward. Prepare to be captivated by Tucupit and Paria towering 1700ft above you as you reach the end of the trail to the Double Arch Alcove.

Timber Creek Overlook

This is a short and easy mile long trail that takes most about 30 minutes to complete. The trail leads you along a small ridge offering beautiful views of Pine Valley, Kolob Canyons and Kolob Terrace. If you are hiking in the spring months you will get to see the trail and mountains covered in wild flowers making the view and experience just that much more spectacular.

Kolob Arch Trail

Kolob Arch is the second largest arch in the world! So getting a chance to see this amazing rock formation is quite the experience. The trail is for the more advanced hikers as it is more strenuous and takes about 7 hours one way. This is a good hike in and camp experience! For more information on the Kolob Arch trail heads visit the Visitors Center.

Kolob Arch
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