The Timber Creek Overlook Trail is one of the shortest Zion National Park hikes, which starts from the end of Kolob Canyons Road, in the lesser-visited north-western section of the park. This part of Zion is a lot less busy than the main canyon, although the Timber Creek Overlook Trail attracts a fair few visitors! Although you get pretty good views from the carpark, it’s well worth doing this short hike.
The trail is well-marked, easy to follow and suitable for pretty much anyone!
The very end of the Timber Creek Overlook Trail gets a bit rocky, before it reaches a rock outcrop at the end of the ridge.
From this ridgetop vantage point are extensive views over Shuntavi Butte, Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains. To the east is Shuntavi Butte, an imposing 1000-foot pinnacle of Navajo sandstone at the end of the western ridge of Timber Top Mesa.
To the west are the Pine Mountains in the Dixie National Forest: the highest point in the range is Signal Peak at 10,365 feet (3,159m).
To the south – looking towards Arizona and the Grand Canyon – is Red Butte jutting up in the foreground.
If you’re doing some of the longer hikes in this area, this is a good trail to do around sunset.
Getting to Timber Creek Overlook
The Timber Creek Overlook trail starts from the carpark at the very end of the Kolob Canyons Road, a 5.2 mile (8.4km) scenic drive that starts from the Kolob Canyons Visitor Centre. Kolob Canyons is just off Exit 40 on the I-15, about 20 miles (32km) south of Cedar City, Utah. The Kolob Canyons Road may be closed during winter months due to snow or ice.