The Narrows – Zion National Park

The Narrows 

The Narrows hike in Zion National Park, the combination of the slot canyon and the Virgin River create the perfect conditions for a landscape photographer.

For millions of years, the Virgin River has been carving its way through layers of rock forming the Zion Narrows. This canyon twists and turns for miles creating one of the most unique hiking trails in the world.

The Hike

The canyon is so narrow the hike is basically walking up the Virgin River means that in many places you have to either wade or swim to proceed all while walking on rounded river rocks.  

The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park.
The Narrows 1 – Zion National Park #1397

I used this small tree as a reference point to put the sheer size of the canyon walls in perspective.

The Narrows 2 – Zion National Park 1398

The Virgin river has sculpted dramatic shapes in the Zion Narrows canyon walls. This combined with the water rounded river rocks, makes for a fantastic shooting location.

Wall Street 2 – Zion National Park #1402

The canyon walls are so high and narrow, that even though I did this hike during a very sunny fall day, direct sunlight is a rare sight.  This allowed me to use a slow shutter speed to get a silky water effect of the river flowing over the rocks.


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