Hidden Gem Destinations in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, boasting some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in the United States. While iconic spots like Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon draw thousands of visitors each year, the region is also home to lesser-known treasures waiting to be explored. Here’s a guide to some of the best hidden gem destinations, hiking trails, and activities in Southern Utah.

Hiking Trails

Red Reef Trail

Located in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near our Zion location, the Red Reef Trail offers a moderate hike through stunning red rock canyons. This trail is perfect for families, featuring a small waterfall, natural water slides, and pools that are especially refreshing in the summer. The trail’s unique geological formations make it a photographer’s dream.

Kanarra Creek

For those looking for a bit of adventure, the Kanarra Creek trail, north of Zion National Park, provides a challenging but rewarding experience. This iconic slot canyon hike involves wading through streams and climbing ladders to navigate through narrow passages. The stunning views and sense of seclusion make it well worth the effort.

Yant Flat

Yant Flat, also known as the “Candy Cliffs,” is a relatively unknown destination that offers spectacular views and a variety of unique rock formations. The hike to Yant Flat is relatively short and easy, making it accessible for most visitors. The swirling patterns and vibrant colors of the sandstone create a surreal landscape that feels like another planet.

Hidden Gem Destinations

Snow Canyon State Park

Often overshadowed by nearby Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park is a hidden gem that offers a quieter and equally breathtaking experience. With over 7,400 acres of red and white sandstone cliffs, lava flows, and rolling dunes, the park is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing. Popular trails include the Butterfly Trail and the Petrified Dunes Trail.

Grafton Ghost Town

Step back in time with a visit to the Grafton Ghost Town, located near Rockville. This well-preserved ghost town offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Old West. Wander through old buildings, visit the cemetery, and learn about the early settlers who once called this place home. It’s a great spot for history buffs and those interested in photography.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Located near Kanab, UT Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park features stunning dunes formed from the erosion of pink-colored Navajo sandstone. This unique park offers a variety of activities, including sandboarding, off-roading, and hiking. The vibrant colors of the dunes are especially striking during sunrise and sunset and are a hidden gem for stunning photography.

Under Canvas Activities


Southern Utah is known for its dark skies and clear nights, making it an ideal location for stargazing. Under Canvas offers stargazing programming, where guests can learn about constellations, planets, and the Milky Way from knowledgeable guides. It’s a magical way to end a day of exploration.

Yoga and Meditation

Reconnect with nature and find your inner peace with yoga and meditation sessions offered at Under Canvas. The serene surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and mindfulness. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, these sessions are a great way to rejuvenate both body and mind.

Campfire Stories and S’mores

Nothing says glamping like a cozy campfire. Gather around the fire pit in the evening to share stories, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious s’mores.

Guided Tours by Under Canvas Adventures

Whether it’s a guided hike, a jeep tour through rugged landscapes, or a canyoneering adventure, these experiences offer a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Southern Utah.

Southern Utah is brimming with hidden gems that offer unique and unforgettable experiences. From lesser-known hiking trails and state parks to immersive activities and excursions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the spirit of adventure and discover the wonders that await in this enchanting region.

Ready to explore Southern Utah’s hidden gems? Book your stay with Under Canvas today and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.


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