Have you every heard of Kolob Canyon? I've driven past it a million times but had never been. Finally with this national park pass we decided to just do it! I'm soo glad we did, it was so gorgeous. I had no idea that off that specific freeway exit would hide such views.
It's super easy to get there. It has its own specific freeway exit right off i-15, It's off of exit 40. Right off the exit is the visitors center. When you go inside it has the usual visitor center things; souvenirs, books, maps, and the desk you have to pay to get into the park. The actual road is only 20 miles long, but it seriously has so many views in that short 20 miles. The road takes you to the top of the mountain where you could hike to the peak. We were going to do that hike but the wind was so cold, I mean it is January in Utah.
There are a few other hikes there, a favorite I've heard is the trail to the Kolob Arch. That one is a little far for the babe but I can't wait to do it when she gets older or I have a girls getaway. That trail is 14 miles round trip and Kolob Arch is one of the worlds largest freestanding arches. Can't wait to see it one day.
So that's Kolob Canyon in a nut shell. It's short, beautiful and so worth it if you need a break from your drive. I'd love to hear about any of the other hikes in the area if you've done them.