Took a trip last month with dad and brother to Bryce and Zion National Parks. The highlight of the trip was a 16 mile hike through The Narrows, a deep canyon section in the Virgin River in Zion. Hiking the Narrows was ranked 5th by National Geographic in “America’s top 100 adventures”. Three-quarters of the hike is through the river, and we were told that we would have water up to our chest in a few sections. They didn’t say that there were sections that we would be actually swimming with full gear on our backs. (See last picture in slideshow above). But the hike was incredible. We were one of 10 groups that had permits to hike the full trail and camp overnight in the canyon. The walls of the canyon are over 1,500 ft. in places which gives the trail a feel of complete seclusion. While camping overnight, you can faintly see the giant cliffs above you, with a sliver of the most clear stars and moon through the peaks. Growing up, our parents were pretty big into wilderness vacations. But, to take a trip as adults and friends, not as parent and kid, was something we’ll appreciate the rest of our lives. By the time we reached the exit of the park, I was already picturing the day I would bring my own son on this hike. Thanks for a great trip, pops.
Dad tackles The Narrows (Viewer discretion- foul language from the old man)