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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Stunning Scenery On The Zion Narrows Hike

Matthew Karsten, a travel blogger and photographer, has this excellent blog post that includes a great description of The Narrows in Zion National Park. The post is illustrated with beautiful photos. He visited the park in November, when the water was getting chilly.

I'd love to post some of the photos here but they are copyrighted. So it is well worth your time to click to the blog and take a look. Here are excerpts from his text:

I’ve been on a lot of interesting hikes over the years, including wildlife abundant jungle in Costa Rica and up exploding volcanoes in Guatemala. But there are plenty of awesome hikes available in the United States too. By far one of the most unique is the Narrows hike in Utah’s Zion National Park.

After that it’s time to get into the water! During autumn months, most people wear waterproof pants & boots with neoprene socks to help stay warm in the 40 degree water.

But I’m too stubborn/cheap to rent extra gear, so I just wore shorts and a pair of regular hiking shoes. It was a poor decision.

The Narrows hike in Zion National Park made quite an impression on me. It definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite hiking trips.

Matthew mentions that The Narrows is included on National Geographic's list of America's 100 Best Adventures. Actually, several Utah adventures made that list. Here's the Utah list:
  • Raft the Green River
  • Scale Red-Rock Towers
  • Paddle Lake Powell
  • Backpack the Hayduke Trail
  • Canyoneer Grand Staircase-Escalante
  • Hike the Zion Narrows


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