The Zion Narrows Backpacking trip in Utah was unlike any backpacking trip I had ever been on. Six Scouts and 2 ASMs went. The windy 16 mile Virgin River served as the trail. Hiking over the slippery rocks in the knee deep to waist deep fast moving water proved to be fairly difficult. But the views and scenery inside the canyon were amazing! On either side of you there were vast 1,500 foot high Navajo Sandstone canyon walls that had been worn down by the river millions of years ago.
At times the canyon walls would only be about 15 feet apart causing the river to increase in height and velocity. When we first started the hike the river was shallow and moving slowly. But as tributaries fed into the river and as the canyon got narrower and narrower the water became higher and faster moving. And by the end, the river was up to your chest and moving very fast. The Zion Narrows Backpacking trip was unique and amazing; and I can’t wait to do it again! See our photos HERE.
By: Avedis Tufenkjian, T4 Scout