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Going to Zion National Park? Read this!

Ivins, Utah

So… you’ve made the decision to visit Southern Utah.

First of all, congrats. It’s awesome.

Southern Utah

Southern Utah is home to some of the most famous national parks, a plethora of underrated state parks, and national monuments that’ll knock your freaking socks off, just to name a few.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you to go to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, or any other place the entire world knows about. Nope. You’re already going there.

What you DON’T know yet is that Southern Utah is full of hidden gems outside of these famous (and overly populated) areas.


*Queue clouds parting, doves flying, and the sun shining down like a light from the heavens*


Ivins, Utah

I’m sure you’re asking, “What in the world is an IVINS”?

It’s a city. Thanks for playing along.

Reasons you should add Ivins to your Zion Itinerary

  1. Breathtaking scenery without the crowds.
  2. One of the most underrated state parks in the state is located here. (Spoiler alert: Snow Canyon State Park)
  3. It has amazing hole-in-the-wall food places that you won’t forget.
  4. You’ll find the lowest gas prices in the entire Zion & St George area (which means you can’t use the expense of gas as an excuse not to go there. You’re welcome).

Since you already know my adventure guides are the best on the interwebs, I’m going to take this one a step further, just for you.

Simply tap any point on the map below and you’ll find web links, information, photos, and directions directly to all the must-see places in Ivins.

* Be sure to bookmark this page so you can refer back to the map when you’re ready to make your trip! *

Map is powered by Proxi; a free, collaborative, customizable map making tool. You can create a map  here and have your friends or followers crowdsource it or create a location-based guide that they can always refer back to.

Aaaaand to show you just how much I love you, here are 2 more Ivins locations NOT listed on the map above. 

Click for more info!

Have you been to the Zion area?

If so, did you venture outside of the famous national parks?


12 Responses

  1. Wow! You really know your stuff! Even living in Southern Utah I didn’t know about many of these hidden places! Wonderful information! Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks for checking out the article! Don’t forget to bookmark the article so you can use the map to check out the locations for yourself!

  2. Ivins is definitely going to be added to must see list. Especially with that cheap gas!

  3. I just love your blog! You have a gift with words, and your pictures are breath taking! Watching your adventures is always so much fun!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! If you’re ever in the area, I’d love to show you around!

  4. Been to southern Utah a lot, but always looking for more things to do! Will definitely bookmark this to use for my next trip!

  5. This is amazing! Being that I will be moving to that area soon this looks like the absolute perfect tool to get out and explore the area!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! Can’t wait to get out there even more now 😍

  6. Although Zion gives me goosebumps with its beauty, I also agree that going to the lesser known places in southern utah is more peaceful and relaxing 😊 I love enjoying the Snow Canyon Scenery with a luxury picnic with Desert Flower Picnics! My favorite trail to hike on at Snow Canyon is definitely petrified dunes.

    1. Desert Picnics is the best!! Such an awesome and unique experience! Petrified Dunes is my favorite too!