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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zion Narrows Ranked With Most Beautiful Trails In The World


The Narrows in Zion National Park is often described as one of the best hikes in all of Utah's National Parks. Now, it is being listed with the most scenic routes in the world.

Fox News is carrying this article by Budget Travel, which has the title shown below. It links to these images of the routes.

12 most beautiful paths—no car required

The article lists these world-famous destinations:
  • Inca Trail (hiking), Peru
  • Appalachian Trail (hiking), U.S.A.
  • Zion Narrows (hiking), Utah
  • The Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail (cycling), Idaho and Montana
  • Pacific Crest Trail (hiking), U.S.A.
  • Torres del Paine Circuit (hiking), Chile
  • Cinque Terre (walking), Italy
  • The King's Trail (cross-country skiing or hiking), Sweden
  • Route des Grands Crus (cycling), France
  • The Whale Trail (hiking), South Africa
  • Milford Track (hiking), New Zealand
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail (motorbiking), Vietnam
Pretty good company.

Here's an excerpt about the Zion Narrows:

The path through the gorge—home to some of the world's deepest slot canyons—alternates between gaping, quarter-mile-wide stretches and narrow, 20-foot passageways, and runs directly through the Virgin River's bed—which means hikers who want to go the distance will have to ford waist-deep water from time to time. Still, Zion's fans believe it's worth the wade to stare up between the 2,000-foot-high sandstone walls, lined with lush hanging gardens, streaming with flutes of water, and bouncing with beams of red-orange light.

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