Unique Vistas. Although not in the National Park, the Eagle Crags dominate the desert landscape south of Zion and Rockville. The craggy southern spires are located in the BLM land adjacent to the park, a rock peninsula extending north from the large Canaan Mountain complex. Difficult to access and unknown to the tourist crowd, Eagle Crags is great destination to escape the Park crowds and see gains some unique views into Zion.
Since the Eagle Crags area falls under BLM jurisdiction, it's legal to hike here with a canine friend or two. In addition, you do not need a permit to backpack into this area for an overnight, so this can be a good opportunity for anyone shut out by the Park's permit system. Enjoy these freedoms, but keep in mind this trail is primarly used by locals, who expect you to look after you dog and camp in appropriate areas well off the trail.
Full sun exposure makes the hike less enjoyable in summer, so pick a spring or fall day to explore this hike, and bring lots of water!