The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a half-day rock-climbing or canyoneering trip for two from Zion Mountain School in Springdale (a $240 value).
Zion Mountain School's instructors, all certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, lead duos on private half-day expeditions into Zion National Park's climbable heights and descendible depths. As they amble through the park's natural sandstone architecture, students learn the ins and outs of rock climbing or canyoneering, spending four to five hours practicing and enjoying the natural beauty of sandstone cliffs. The park's wide variety of rock faces and footholds lets scalers of all skill levels upwardly traverse paths that are safe, suitably challenging, and unmarred by the leering faces of past presidents, like some rock faces.
Canyoneering sessions descend into passages carved out by millennia of water gushing through the rocks. Excursions weave through narrow passages as adventurers employ a mix of hiking, climbing, rappelling, swimming, and bribing the River Styx's ferryman for safe passage. Both trips include all the climbing equipment needed to surmount the landscape's carefully hewn obstacles, leaving students with enough training to carry out future vertical exploits.
932 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, Utah 84767