November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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Scenic Drive Through Kolob Canyons

Turning the corner of Kolob Canyons Road is a sight that leaves us speechless even after countless return trips. The winding road that trails along the cliff face curves to the right, and suddenly you find yourself faced with the towering vibrant formations of Kolob Canyons. Known as the Five Fingers, these five ridgelines are carved from crimson stone. Dusted with snow, the colors are thrown into sharp contrast, which makes for stunning views. The canyon floor between them is blanketed with snow, and the air stilled by the weight of winter makes you feel removed from the world. Along the five-mile scenic drive to the canyon overlook, there are numerous scenic pull-offs, each offering a different upclose view of the beauty hidden within the north side of Zion National Park. At the scenic pull-off near the center of the canyon, you can stare into the canyon where it meets between two ridgelines. Scanning the higher elevations along this stone formation, you can often catch glimpses of frozen-over waterfalls created by run-off and cold temperatures. Kolob Canyons is a 20-minute drive from Cedar City going south on I-15. Admission to the park is $35 (national park day-use entrance fee).

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