Every now and again, it’s nice to get away from the crowds, and there’s no better place to do that than in Zion National Park. The park has many hidden treasures with crystal-clear waterfalls, panoramic vistas, and less-traveled hiking trails that wind through lush forests and remote canyons. 

If you’re looking for that famous road “less traveled by” mentioned by Robert Frost, this is where you’ll find it. Here are several backcountry and remote areas of Zion National Park that are worth the trip! 

Kolob Canyons

This stunningly beautiful remote area is full of red sandstone cliffs, secluded valleys, and narrow canyons. There are several trails to choose from where you can find breathtaking scenic overlooks. 

Kolob Terrace

This remote terrace is situated between Kolob Canyon and Zion Canyon, and it is one of the most inaccessible land in Zion National Park. There are few trails in this area, no campsites, very little water, and just about nothing other than open, rugged land. If you’re looking for adventure, the Kolob Terrace is just the ticket. 

Zion Narrows

The Zion Narrows in Zion National Park

If you’re looking for remote places but prefer a more leisurely pace, the Zion Narrows is where you need to go. It’s a popular area, and it has 12 designated campsites, but it’s a little less strenuous than the other remote areas. Book this one early, though, because it fills up fast. 

LaVerkin Creek Wilderness

LaVerkin Creek in Zion National Park

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages this 445-acre wilderness area. Here, you’ll find steep canyons that lead into a creek drainages. That makes for spectacular scenery and very few people. 

West Rim

This area is second only to the Zion Narrows in popularity. After hiking from The Grotto to Cabin Springs or from Lava Point to Potato Hollow, you’ll spend a quiet night being dazzled by starlight. You can also hike from Lava Point to The Grotto, but as with the Zion Narrows, book this one early since it is a popular backcountry area. 

Southwest Desert in Zion National Park

This part of the park gives you a chance to explore the lowlands area that are often overlooked by other visitors. It’s easily accessible and includes Coalpits Wash with its narrow slot canyons, seasonal waterfalls, and spectacular rock formations. There’s also Scroggins Wash and the Chinle trail in this area. In this part of the park, you’ll get a chance to experience the desert at night, something you don’t want to miss. 

East Rim Trail

This trail has stunning views of Zion Canyon and the surrounding landscape. It’s a remote hiking experience where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and lots of solitude. It’s a great way to get back in touch with nature. 

Hop Valley Trail

This trail begins near the east entrance of Zion National Park. It winds along the floor of Hop Valley, which is surrounded by towering cliffs and a diverse array of wildlife. It’s a great option if you’re craving a little alone time. 

The Subway

The Subway in Zion National Park

If you want a remote area that is more challenging, this is the route you’re looking for. The Subway is a geological formation that boasts a natural arch carved by North Creek. You will need a permit and technical climbing skills, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts! 

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Zion Narrows

LaVerkin Creek

The Subway