Zion National Park

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The Narrows in Zion National Park, (near Springdale, Utah) is a section of canyon on the North Fork of the Virgin River. The hike of The Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau. The term The Narrows refers to both the through-hike of The Narrows, and to The Narrows themselves, especially the 3.6 mile long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Springs.  The Narrows lies north of, and upstream of, the main Zion Canyon. Hiking up The Narrows is one of the most popular activities in the Park.

The Virgin River runs south through upland aspen forest from near Navajo Lake at 9200 feet elevation, 11 miles to Chamberlain Ranch, 5900 feet, where the through-hike of The Narrows starts. The river turns west and a gorge starts to form within 2 miles. By the time the North Fork enters Zion National Park, 5 miles from Chamberlain Ranch, the gorge is 500 feet deep. Three and a half miles  further, at the confluence with Deep Creek, the gorge is 1300 feet deep, and the combined river turns south.

The gorge from here is continuous and has vertical sandstone walls from 40 to 100 feet apart, with pockets of forest on both sides. From Deep Creek to Big Springs is 2.7 miles. At Big Springs, the canyon narrows again, and the true Narrows begin. For most of the next 3.6 mile stretch to the Mouth of the Narrows, the river runs wall to wall, with vertical sandstone cliffs on both sides. A mile  south of the Mouth of the Narrows is the Temple of Sinawava, where the river enters main Zion Canyon, a flat-floored, quarter to half-mile (400 to 600 ft. wide canyon with sandstone mountains on each side, their summits 2400 feet above. Eight miles further south, where the canyon widens again, is the town of Springdale and the southern boundary of Zion National Park.

 

 

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