Fall Colors: See Nature’s Fireworks Close To Home In Southern Utah
Taking a drive to see the leaves change colors in nature’s fall fireworks show can be good for your soul. Here in Southern Utah, you may need to drive a little farther to view it. The road up through Cedar Breaks and around Brian Head to Duck Creek is always a beautiful drive even if the leaves aren’t changing colors.
You might not think right away of Zion National Park for seeing leaves change. The rugged canyons and soaring cliffs aren’t covered in trees. However, there is far more to the park. The part of Zion you see riding the shuttle is spectacular, but you are only seeing a small part of the land reserved and there is much to see in the less popular areas
Lava Point in Zion National Park sits at 7,890 feet in elevation and looks over rolling hills with steep cliffs in the distance. It can be reached by turning left when you come to the town of Virgin on the road that takes you to Kolob Reservoir, another beautiful place to witness fall colors.
The road to Lava Point is on a well-maintained dirt road. It also has a campground with bathrooms and fire pits. Bring your own water as there is none available. This is close to many hikes through Zion like the Subway. The red rock canyons with bursts of color on the trees is stunning.
This drive will take you 45 minutes from Virgin. You can experience some beautiful fall colors as you take a quiet hike through the trees. That night if you stay at the campground you can watch the Milky Way fill the Southern Utah sky.
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