Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Timber Creek Overlook Trailhead, Zion National Park, Utah
Timber Creek Overlook Trail - 1.2 miles
Timber Creek Overlook Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||1.2 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||6,235' - 6,313' (6,359' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+78' net evelation gain (+220' total roundtrip elevation).|
Timber Creek Overlook Trail - 1.2 Miles Round-Trip
The Timber Creek Overlook Trail runs .6 miles to an outcrop with panoramic views across the Kolob Canyons area, Pine Valley Mountain range, Timber Creek drainage and Red Butte. The trail climbs an exposed ridge and heads south to a small peak. On clear days views extend from the Kaibab Plateau (south) to the Grand Canyon's North Rim.
The best views, however, are of the Kolob Canyons area to the east. Separated by broad-mouthed finger canyons, enormous sandstone formations stand side by side and provide a glimpse into how erosive forces have sculpted this landscape.
The same forces which created these canyons also created Zion Canyon. In fact, each visible finger canyon is considered a 'mini' Zion Canyon. Notable formations visible from the trail include:
- Horse Ranch Mountain - 8726'
- Paria Point - 7817'
- Beatty Point - 7520'
- Nagunt Mesa - 7785'
- Timber Top Mountain - 8055'
These formations are all part of the greater Colorado Plateau, which has been eroding slowly for millions of years. This location atop the plateau offers unique perspective on a macro-scale.
For those seeking to escape the heat and crowds of Zion Canyon, an excursion to the Kolob Canyons section of the park is a great destination.
- N37 26.132 W113 12.116 — 0.0 miles : Timber Creek Overlook Trailhead
- N37 25.684 W113 12.239 — .6 miles : Timber Creek Overlook - End Trail
- A picnic area is located 100 yards from the Timber Creek Overlook Trailhead.
- The Timber Creek Trail is fully exposed. Be mindful of changing weather and leave exposed ridges before storms develop.
Camping and Backpacking Information
- Camping is not permitted on the Timber Creek Overlook Trail.
Rules and Regulations
- There's a $30 fee per vehicle to enter Zion National Park (defined as private passenger cars with 15 people or less). Passes are good for 7 consecutive days.
- $25 per motorcycle.
- $15 per person (walk or bike).
- Dogs are not permitted on trails in Zion National Park.
Directions to Trailhead
From St. George or Salt Lake City, take Highway 15 to Exit 40. Take Exit 40 (east) and follow signs to the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center. From the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, take Kolob Canyons Road 5 miles until it dead ends into the parking area for the Timber Creek Overlook area.
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.