Earlier this year, the Washington County Convention and Tourism Office rebranded itself as the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office in an effort to encourage tourists to consider not just Zion National Park -- Angel’s landing et al -- but the surrounding area, which objectively has much more to offer but had so far failed to generate the same kind of momentum on social media.
More than 85% of Zion is protected wilderness area, which among other things means it has less infrastructure. “The Scenic Area is really the only non-wilderness area, and so in some ways it's being sacrificed, taking motorized vehicles and things, because it can take the hit,” Whittaker said. “And then we haven’t really been wanting to shove people into a lot of these other areas [that] can’t handle it.”
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Yet there are some places that can. Places that are not Angel’s Landing, or the Narrows, or the Subway. No one would tell you not to see those three things -- they are incredible. The thing is, you need to go to Zion for more than just a day, so that you can take one day to see the things everyone else told you to see, and the rest of the time discovering Zion for yourself.
“It really is Greater Zion. There’s so much to do in the whole area,” said Nate Wells, manager of the nearby ZIon Canyon Village. “Go into the park, go see Angel’s -- just take your turn.”
If you haven’t noticed, there are no photos of Angel’s, or the Narrows, or the Subway in this piece. Did you even miss them? Look at everything else Greater Zion has to offer -- places that you’ll discover for yourself, not because someone Instagrammed them from the middle of a crowd after waiting two hours for a shuttle.