This trip. This was a trip for the record books. Do I say that every month? Because I really mean it this time. Ha.
Located in the southwest corner of the gorgeous Utah, Zion National Park has something for everyone. From biking to hiking to camping and exploring – there’s amazing sights from sun-up to sun-down. But my personal favorite? Hiking in The Narrows. It was the main reason for the trip when I visited back in September 2011. And still one of my favorite trips to date.
What are the Narrows? Quite simply, it is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall (seriously!) and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park. There are two ways to take on this hike – which, did I mention, is completely in the water? One way is to start at the top, hike halfway, camp overnight then hike the rest of the way. After a flash flood the day before, and a decision on our part, we ended up with the second option – hiking from the bottom, up halfway and back down again. I say “top to bottom” but really there is no downhill/uphill scenario. It’s just North/South :)
Anyway, I’m going to share some photos from the first day in the park, driving around and then some from The Narrows hike. Which was one of the hardest, and one of the coolest things I’ve done. I’ll stop rambling and get to the photos! (Full disclosure, the professional-like photos were not taken by me, but by my traveling partner.)
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