What better way to meet this week’s challenge than with a place actually called “the Narrows”. This is a very popular hike within the Zion National Park in Utah. The hike is actually in the water of a slot canyon that cuts through the incredible geography of the area. At one point in the hike, where the canyon walls close in to only a few yards across, it is an incredible sight – especially in the morning light. I took this photo of my wife Dee and our friend Sarah standing in the Narrows a few years back. Hope you enjoy the scene as much as we did during our perfect hike.
I was looking though some old photos for ones that I hadn’t really developed or posted. This photo was taken in the evening at Zion National Park in Utah. I was actually hanging off the side of a steep sandy slope trying to get the “star” effect off the sun setting behind another mountain. It was a lovely evening and I was trying to capture both the beauty and the quiet of the moment.
One of the most interesting hikes within the Zion National Park is “the Narrows”. While it can be a hike down into the Virgin River gorge from above, most people (including our group) hike it from the Zion canyon. After a 20 minute tram ride into the park, you hike about a mile to get to the beginning of the Narrows. From there, the hike is pretty much all walking and wading in the river as you hike upstream into the slot canyon. The sandstone walls of the canyon can tower above up to 2,000 ft. so the scenery is pretty imposing. The water in the river can be cold (it was about 50 degrees when we were there) and the footing can be a little uncertain with the current and the uneven rocks under your feet. We opted to get rental shoes and booties for the hike and we were glad that we did – everyone stayed warm and we saved our own boots for later hikes. I should mention that we got up pretty early to avoid the crowds and as we walked out, we were glad we did – there were ALOT of hikers coming in as we exited. This is an amazing hike and well worth the preparation and effort to get there – I would recommend it highly to anyone who goes to Zion.
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This photo shows our friends Ellen and Sarah in one of the pools near the entry to the narrows. Its hard to show how incredible the light is in these areas. There is very little direct light coming in as the canyon is so tight. All of the light is reflected off of the sandstone cliffs and adds sort of a “glow” to everything it touches – it is just beautiful.
This second photo is of Sarah and my wife Dee in one of the great photo opportunities of the hike – the slot canyon gets very narrow about a mile and a half in and provides these kind of views. I was up my waist in water as I was taking this photo but it was great fun!
The last photo is indeed rare – I am usually behind the camera not in front of it. This was taken as I walked out of the river back at the entry point to the narrows (photographers are always at the back of the pack). I didn’t even know that it was being taken but Sarah was pretty quick on the shutter. As shots of me go, I thought this one was pretty good so I thought I’d include it here. Thanks Sarah.