Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Day 4 - Zion National Park

Zion is a diverse park that hosts a rich display of huge rock formations, as you enter the park, with one of the main highlights being a slot canyon hike called 'The Narrows'. The rock formation display a vast array of colors as the many mineral layers are in full view. While driving through the canyon you will come across numerous mountain tunnels, the longest of which is over a mile long. Watch out though, due to the limited height in the tunnel, some RVs may not make it through, or at least the 2-way road will be restricted to one-way to allow the larger vehicles pass through.

Headed into 'The Narrows' prepare to get wet as at least 70% of the trail is in the river. Typically river depths will range from ankle high to chest deep. Today the water temperature was 62 degrees, so after the initial shock of hitting waste deep water, we had no problem adjusting to the temp. We were fortunate to be able to take this hike as the weather this week as included intermittent rain. Threat of rain in this area would make the hike a no-go, due to the high risk of flash floods. Flash floods are a big threat when hiking a slot canyon as any rain water coming from up stream will quickly pick up depth and speed bringing with it literally tons of debris. So if you are stuck in the canyon and a flash flood is coming, hopefully you can hit higher ground since outrunning it is impossible.
While in the canyon be prepared to see lush vegetation, sheer rock cliffs, an array of colorful rock. But I hope you don't feel clostrophobic because the slot canyon can get pretty tight.
I'll leave you with a few more pictures to enjoy as I prepare to show you what has bee my favorite park, to date, Bryce
See you tomorrow.

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