Wildflowers Near Kolob Reservoir
Getting out of the heat in mid-summer is something we do frequently and Kolob Reservoir has become one of our favorite places to do just that. At a 8,100' elevation, Kolob Reservoir is a good 10 - 20 degrees cooler than St. George making it a perfect place to take a scenic drive, maybe with a picnic lunch, view the wildflowers and if you like to fish, cast your pole into the reservoir while enjoying the incredible beauty of the surrounding area.
The drive from St. George, Utah to Kolob Terrace Road and then on up to Kolob Reservoir is beautiful anytime of year.
The wildflowers peak in mid July and most of the month the hillsides and meadows are covered with all colors of the rainbow.
Sometimes we will go beyond the reservoir taking this DIRT road north towards Cedar City to see even more wildflowers. The dirt road terminates about 30 miles at Cedar Canyon and Highway 14. The road can be a little bumpy in areas so I wouldn't advise driving on it in a sedan if it's been raining however. Sometimes when we get to Hwy14, we'll turn east and drive on up the canyon to Cedar Breaks or Duck Creek where the 10,000' elevation makes for even cooler temperatures. The skies at this time of year with the afternoon monsoons are breathtaking and make for great photography!
Even though Kolob Terrace Drive is considered a portion of Zion National Park, this scenic byway of southern Utah is not subject to the park entry fee. The road is closed in winter as it does get snow and it isn't plowed.
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