Hiking the Narrows
January 25, 2019
The “Narrows” is the most narrow section of Zion Canyon in Utah’s Zion National park. The gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in the Park. To hike this canyon, you oftentimes are hiking on the sandy shore of the Virgin River, and at other times you are plowing through water from ankle deep to knee-high water. There are several deep pools where the water is chest-high. There is no trail per se, so you just follow the natural lay of the canyon. We hiked the Narrows when we were there several years ago, and it is, at times, a very strenuous hike. The walk through the water is made a bit trickier because of the slippery and uneven river rocks. Sturdy hiking boots and a tall walking stick is a must. However, trust me the hike (which takes most of a day) is well worth the effort because the canyon is stunningly beautiful. There are times when the Narrows is closed due to heavy rains that causes the river to rise dramatically with super-fast water currents.
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“A national park is not a playground. It's a sanctuary for nature and for humans who will accept nature on nature's own terms.” ~ Michael Frome
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