The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

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Best advice for hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park? Put your camera in a waterproof bag, and take walking sticks. Oh yeah, and be very careful. That water will often try to knock you over.

One of the most interesting of all the hikes we've taken was a day hike up The Narrows Canyon at Zion National Park. It's a hike I'd do over again, and probably will.

For most of the time, you're at least ankle deep in the cold fast flowing Virgin River. Be sure to take walking sticks or there's a good chance the current will knock you over at least once. I'd also suggest waterproofing your camera somehow. I can't tell you how many times I wish I had.

I didn't dunk my expensive Nikon, but it was pure luck I didn't. I should have carried something more outdoorsy, or at least brought a heavy duty plastic bag.

I should also mention that the Narrows is a very difficult place to photograph. The exposure difference between sun and shade is extreme, and it's very hard to capture unless you are making multiple exposures with a tripod and stitching them together to get one usable one with a program like Photoshop. I, unfortunately, didn't do that. Next time, I'm carrying the tripod. There are just so many beautiful shots I couldn't make without it.

You can see a list here of all the United States National Parks, with links to our stories about the ones we've visited.

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15 thoughts on “The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah”

    • Thanks, Tim. I had so many that I discarded that just had too big a disparity between sunlit spots and shade. Just too much exposure difference to make it come out. This one was all in shade.

  1. How in the world did you get those colors in the Zion picture? Gorgeous! Go to Key West for February if in area we should be able to put you up.

  2. I havren’t been for fifty years, I suppose. Your pictures show it is just as magical as the first time I saw Zion in 1947,

  3. What an amazing shot! (Your photo reminds us a little of the Siq in Petra, Jordan. Those red-rock cliffs are kind of similar). That hike looks very beautiful… But the idea of being ankle-deep in water most of the time doesn’t grab us – we’re wusses that way :-).

    • You’re right, it does indeed look a lot like the canyon path into Petra. But the water is very refreshing and navigable. I have some water shoes–hiking shoes designed to be in water–and the worked great. Traction was pretty good. And the water is nice on a hot day.


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