Some other experiences to try close to your journey.
An out-and-back day hike in the lower section of famous Zion Canyon Narrows, where the North Fork Virgin River runs beneath thousand-foot walls of Navajo sandstone beautifully sculpted by centuries of erosion. Up to 9.4 miles round-trip, depending on how far you hike.
Canyoneers love this technical day hike through a desert slot canyon that takes you into the heart of Zion. Often called The Narrow’s little sister, Orderville Canyon is just as beautiful, but with an additional technical aspect. It’s one of the easiest technical canyons in the Zion area, but it still demands respect. Photo courtesy Chris M Morris.
Indigenous myth has it that Coyote locked the spirits of the wicked in dramatic hoodoos. Over an 8-mile, 4-hour hike you’ll come to believe in this landscape’s mythical qualities. This is iconic Bryce Canyon with less of the crowd. Short on time? Trail run it.
Cedar City's cuisine has burst onto the scene in a big way in recent years, anchored by some of the best wood-fired pizza around at Centro, but there’s also incredible BBQ, modern American restaurants, fine Mexican dining and a great community coffee shop at The Grind.
From June to October, Cedar City welcomes the world to its Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. Thousands converge on the campus of Southern Utah University to participate in renaissance festivities and see Shakespearean productions rotating nightly. The Fest also presents modern plays.
Like a Marfa, Texas, or Paonia, Colorado, many regard Kayenta as an artist colony of sorts. Kayenta's Coyote Gulch Art Village is a hub of cultural and social activity for locals and visitors alike. There are also art classes, performances, a spa and a cafe.
The sprawling 20,000-acre park often feels like a national park. Sand Hollow offers recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians. A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes.
Cut by water, sculpted by wind and time, Snow Canyon’s Navajo sandstone cliffs share the same history and geology as Zion National Park, one hour to the east. It is a national park-caliber destination in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve that is popular with road cyclists, hikers, climbers and families.