I can’t even tell you how many times I saw pictures of The Subway hike before I did it! It mesmerized me. I felt so strongly about wanting to see that place! So no matter how busy people told me it was, I had to see it.
I’m not unique in that way. Many of us are sold on the idea of a specific trail, location or experience. When I finally got lucky enough to get a permit to the Subway, it was everything I had imagined and more! But there’s a price to pay for those really well known destinations.
Some well known hikes or locations require a permit, so that price is the difficulty in even getting permission to go and do them. For others, like Angels Landing, there are no permits required—just a whole lot of company. You weren’t the only one sold on the majesty of Angels Landing, so don’t expect to be there alone.
The thing is, even though there are far lesser known canyons in the world—and even in the area of St. George—hiking through one of them would not be the same to me as being in The Subway. But a duality exists in me, because I don’t want to see hundreds of other people while hiking. So what are we supposed to do?
Robert Frost once addressed this very problem. In “The Road Not taken” he muses over which path to take, the well traveled or the more obscure and less used trail.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Like Frost I’ve found it’s more rewarding to spend the majority of my time on the path less traveled. But there are some places that are so special that—even with a crowd—it’s still a highly rewarding experience.
My best advice is to try the adventure rule of thirds. A third of the time, go and see those iconic, well-traveled places and enjoy the heck out of it. But for the other two-thirds, spend your exploring time—actually exploring! See the places few others do. Make your own path and your own story.
When you come to Zion, go ahead and hike Angels Landing because you know you’ve always wanted to. But while you’re here, go see something none of your friends ever did on their trips to southern Utah. It may sound risky, but with the risk comes the reward.
Written by: Mike Carr – Online Marketing Mike is all things digital for the Tourism Office’s marketing. So if you have a question about the website look to him. When you don’t find him at his computer you’ll most likely find him on his bike or hiking up a trail in Zion.our own text