You Have Driven By This Amazing View A Hundred Times
I have driven I-15 between St. George and Cedar for 20 years and never had a clue what I have missed as I passed New Harmony.
I would see the Kolob Canyon sign and knew vaguely that it was part of Zion National Park. Other than the exit and the small National Park booth where you pay to go into the Canyon, I had no idea what was there.
This isn’t an article on Kolob, even though you should visit it sometimes as it is great. It has red rocks, cool hikes and even the Kolob Arch that is worth seeing. Most of us are busy and we will have to explore that place some time down the road. What I am suggesting, will take you at most ten minutes next time you travel on I-15.
Rather than barreling past New Harmony doing 80 plus, take exit 42, pull off and go towards the Shell station on the West side. Continue past the gas station going west until you come to the first left about a quarter mile past. This is 3430 East and on this road you will weave in and out of homes for about a mile.
When you come to the part where the black top ends, look east towards the mountains that border I-15 and into Kolob Canyon. The first time I did this, I was stunned at what I had driven by for 20 years. I had no clue the beauty I was zipping past. It’s one of those moments when you feel like you have been cruising through life forgetting to sniff the flowers.
I like to take people to this spot who, like me, have traveled the freeway for 20 years, completely oblivious to the view available 200 yards back. It's almost like a life lesson. I’m sure there is something profound about this, but right now...I’m too busy to see it.