The road starts at around 3,500' in Virgin and rises to around 8,000' on Kolob Terrace. The road starts out in desert scrub, farm, and riparian habitats, and passes through juniper woodland, mixed oak woodlands, Ponderosa woodlands, to mixed Aspen and conifer woodlands just below Kolob Terrace. You can pull off at various points and bird from the road, as well as using various trails to look for birds further off the path.
The lower portion of the road passes a pond just outside of the town of Virgin, where BLUE GROSBEAK and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT can be found during the breeding season. Various waterfowl may be present throughout the year. The fields along Tabernacle Dome can turn up BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW along with other more common species. Both Spotted and Green-tailed Towhee are found int eh areas with Gambel's Oak. All of the habitat specialist warblers in southern Utah can be found along the road. The lower stretches are home to Yellow and LUCY' S WARBLERS. GRACE'S WARBLER can be found in the ponderosa stretches, while Virginia's and Black-throated Gray Warblers can be found in the oak an juniper woodlands. AS you approach Kolob Terrace some of the mountain meadows are home to VESPER SPARROW, as well as both Mountain and WESTERN BLUEBIRD. The stretches of Oak and Aspen woodlands provide a wealth of activity for various species of birds, but especially ACORN and LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, and RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER. Click on the following links to check out the birds and birding on Kolob Terrace and Lava Point.
From I-15 north of La Verkin, take exit 27 southeast toward La Verkin on Route 17. From I-15 south of Hurricane, take exit 16 onto SR-9 East bound and follow to La Verkin. From La Verkin, take SR-9 east about 6 miles into Virgin and look for Kolob Terrace Road on your left as you get towards the end of town. The road goes 20 miles till Kolob Terrace where you can split off onto Lava Point, as well as Kolob Reservoir.