Just beyond Zion National Park are canyons that are as gorgeous and shady as those in the park but far less crowded. Our favorite: Kanarra Creek Canyon, a 4.4-mile hike between cool sandstone walls and up mellow cascades in Kanarraville (the trailhead is just east of town via 100 N Street). If you’re ready for a more technical ride, join Zion Rock and Mountain Guides for a full-day descent of Water Canyon. They help guests squeeze through slots, swim through deep holes, and tackle ten rappels of up to 200 feet. Post-hike, kick back at the Driftwood Lodge (from $139) while enjoying the views of Zion’s sandstone pinnacles.