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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Hike The Narrows With A Zion Naturalist

Hiking in The Narrows - Dave Webb photo
With air temperatures rising and runoff over, now's the time to start hiking the water-filled slot canyons in southern Utah. We offer many great canyon choices and the famous Narrows in Zion Park is perhaps the best of all.

No barriers: Father takes disabled daughter on Zion hike
An interesting news story is being published in papers around the world right now. It describes a father/daughter adventure where a Florida man is working to take his wheelchair-bound daughter on a great hike in each of the 50 U.S. states. Their trek through The Narrows is described in this article first published by the St. George Spectrum. The guy used a special inflatable raft to push/pull/float the girl through the narrow canyon. I found it inspiring.

Hike The Narrows With A Naturalist
The Zion Field Institute has announced its summer workshops and field trips. You can see the schedule here. Included are guided hikes into The Narrows on several dates. These trips are very popular; if you are interested then register ASAP.

Here's the description of the Zion Narrows hike

This 7-mile interpretive hike in the Zion Narrows is an opportunity to experience this dramatic area with a naturalist who will discuss its geology, plants, and animals. Enjoy adventure, service, and learning. Much of the walk takes places in the Virgin River and participants should be prepared to get wet and walk on river rocks using a walking stick. Learn about the power of flash floods to shape the landscape, see hanging gardens, and be awed by the massive vertical slabs of Navajo sandstone that form the canyon. The group will hike to the confluence of Orderville Canyon. During the return trip, participants will perform a brief clean-up in the Narrows to help keep this area beautiful. Limited to 11 participants.

FEE: $60
AGES: 16 years and up

You can register right on the Institute website.

- Dave Webb


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