One of the country’s most beautiful National Parks, it’s clear why Zion National Park is also among the most visited. Situated in southern Utah, the colorful canyons and sandstone cliffs make this a spectacular US destination. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds during your trip, you’ll want to check out the park’s off the beaten path destinations.
A lesser-known alternative to the iconic Zion Narrows, Mystery Canyon offers an equally as impressive opportunity for technical canyoneering. Note that Mystery Canyon isn’t for the faint hearted as Zion’s slot canyons attract thrill seekers from around the world!
Due to the difficulty of this strenuous trail, Observation Point is one of the lesser-visited places in Zion to take in phenomenal views of the vast landscape. An 8-mile round-trip trail that ascends more than 2,000 feet, the views at Observation Point will certainly pay off if you’re adventurous enough to make the trek!
Head to Pine Creek Canyon for Zion National Park’s best hidden treasure! This stunning 15-foot waterfall and swimming hole are well worth the effort it takes to get there. A short but rigorous hike is required to visit Secret Waterfall.
With special permission from the Zion National Park Visitor Center, visitors to Zion are able to access Petroglyph Canyon, a lesser-known hidden gem in the park. Explore cave drawings created by the region’s ancient cultures which have been preserved on the red sandstone walls of Zion for thousands of years.
Located inside a small remote canyon is Kolob Arch, one of the world’s largest free-standing arches. This gorgeous sandstone arch is a true feat of nature and is worth a visit to experience Zion away from all the crowds.
Often overlooked by visitors to Zion, Watchman Trail is a 3-mile trek leading to a lovely viewpoint offering scenic vistas of Watchman Peak. The Watchman Trail is a solid alternative to the more-trafficked Angel’s Landing trail.