Off Beaten Path Attractions in Zion National Park



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  • Pa'rus Trail
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  • Seek out the off-the-beaten-path side of Zion, and you'll be amply rewarded. The unusual, the unexpected, and the unforgettable activities and views that not as many experience are what make memories for a lifetime.

    Kolob Canyons, the northern part of Zion, is far less visited than the main Zion Canyon, but it truly is just as, if not more, spectacular. Kolob Arch, the world's second longest arch, is a hike not attempted by most Zion visitors...which means it's not only amazing, it's less crowded. All the hikes here, in fact, are well worth the extra time to visit. The Hop Valley Trail and Northgate Peaks are both great family trails, and can also be super fun snowshoe or cross-country ski trips in the winter.

    In the main Zion Canyon, the Subway is considered a classic slot canyon, but it's not done by as many because you really need a guide if it's your first time. Chinle Trail and Coalpits Wash are excellent winter hikes, sublime in their quiet beauty.

    For a really unusual experience when visiting a national park, take in a show at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre or one of the Bard's plays at the Shakespearean Festival. The Shakespearean Festival is in Cedar City, which is closer to Kolob Canyons, so it's a great tie-in to adventuring up there. And for kids and kids-at-heart, digging in actual dinosaur bone beds at St. George's Discovery Farm is a pretty neat way to experience local geology up close.

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    Kolob Arch

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    Zion National Park

    Remote hike to one of world's largest freestanding arches... read more

    The Subway

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    Classic technical slot canyon. Only do it with an experienced canyoneer! 9.5 miles, 7-9 hours... read more

    Hop Valley Trail

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    Kolob Canyons

    Typically excellent scenery, less visited, 6.5 miles, part of the Trans-Zion hike, alternate route to Kolob Arch... read more

    Northgate Peaks

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    Kolob Canyons

    Less visited, 4.2 miles roundtrip, mostly flat. Good family hike... read more

    Chinle Trail

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    Excellent winter hiking trail with views of classic Zion monoliths. 16.2 miles roundtrip (can be shortened)... read more

    Coalpits Wash

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    Good winter hike, backpack option, 14 miles roundtrip... read more

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    Taylor Creek

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    Zion National Park

    River crossings, uncrowded, reliable water, beautiful... read more

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    Tuacahn Amphitheatre

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    1100 Tuacahn Drive

    Broadway in the desert, outdoor venue, popular...
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    Shakespearean Festival

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    351 West Center Street

    Live Shakespearean plays, June-Oct, Tony Award-winning... read more
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