An Adventure of a Lifetime
There are experiences in our life that we spend a lifetime looking back on. The ones where time you catch up with an old friend that you haven't seen in ten years and that epic trip you took together gets brought up. Well if you have been here than most likely this is that trip for you. Zion National Park is one of the most unique and incredible places I have ever been in my life but my hike the Zion Canyon Narrows is most definitely my favorite hiking experience in my lifetime of being an outdoor enthusiast. Gathered around a campfire to this day... "Remember that one time Zion?" is something you can probably expect to hear in our circle.
Prior to the hike I did not know much about the hike or what to expect... It was AWESOME. The color, the landscape and the sense of adventure trucking up a river through these narrow canyons perfectly carved out by years of water flow. We hiked several hours upstream until we arrived at a small waterfall. Sometimes a hike is about the destination but this is more of a hike to enjoy the entire experience - there is no epic finish - it is epic entirely. For first time hikers I hope that you experience I did - without really knowing what to expect so I will end this here and leave you with some photos in the gallery below.
What you need to know
- Know the weather: This hike is incredibly dangerous if there is a chance of rain. Make sure you include this in your planning and check the weather before beginning your hike.
- Come Prepared: There are some local outfit where you can get geared up with a walking stick and water proof layers. You spend most of the time in water (Cold Water) and at times it can be fairly deep.
- Protect your gear: It gets deep! If you are like me and will have a camera i suggest bringing a dry bag (water proof bag) that you can store your valuables while trekking. We were unprepared here and my buddy found himself suddenly in chest high water and his DSLR completely submerged.
- Tread carefully - under the water is pretty rocky and walking up a river there is a lot of chances to twist and angle or worse. This is where having a walking stick can be very helpful.
- Enjoy yourself and take tons of pictures! You will want to remember this one!
Please feel free to reach out if you have any comments or suggestions!