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Kolob Canyon is a technical canyoneering adventure which will require a long day to complete using the MIA Exit. The MIA Exit turns this canyon into a loop adventure and a car shuttle is not required. You will need complete technical gear. Kolob Canyon with the MIA Exit is rated 3B R IV using the Canyon Rating System.
Kolob Canyon requires lot's of swimming through very cold water. Full wet suits are required and drysuits are recommended. Kolob Canyon is unique in that an irrigation dam above the canyon controls the stream flow into Kolob Canyon. Washington County Water Conservancy District controls the release of water that flows through Kolob Creek and into the Virgin River. They release a dribble of water most of the summer, when the canyon would otherwise be dry. The potholes and plunge pools are always full of clean, clear and very cold water. If you intend to canyoneer Kolob Canyon you must check the water flow and obtain a Zion backcountry permit. The Washington County Water Conservancy District controls Kolob Creek. Any flow above 3cfs is dangerous. Zion National Park will not issue a backcountry permit when flow is above 5cfs. You can call 435-673-3617 beforehand to verify the release schedule. If you reach the stream and more than a trickle of water is flowing turn around immediately. Kolob Canyon is deadly with high stream flows.
Kolob Canyon has a moderate flash flood danger because of the already mentioned dam above the slot, check the weather report at the Visitor Center when you pick up your permit.
The trailhead for Kolob Canyon is located near the town of Virgin, Utah. It's worthy to note that Virgin is 100 miles south of Beaver....hehehe. Any vehicle can easily reach the trailhead in dry conditions. A very pleasant campground is located near the trailhead.
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