Our Boy Scout troop did its summer camp in Zion National Park. One of the leaders knows someone with a cabin so the boys are staying for the week. I was fortunate enough to get to go on their major hike: the Narrows. What an awesome hike! The whole park is beautiful and draws people from all over the world.
Zion is full of beautiful red and orange plateaus. Slot canyons form from the rivers running through them over millions of years. The Narrows is one of those slot canyon hikes. The sides of the canyon are hundreds of feet high and in some cases two hikers can touch hands and touch the walls on each side. Hikers need to be sure to get permit requests scheduled ahead of time because they limit the number of people who can go down daily. If hikers start at the top it is 16 miles of walking over rocks, through mud and water, and in some places floating in water too deep to touch the bottom.
We met people from Holland, New York, Wisconsin, Utah, Nevada, and many other locations. I was surprised at the number of people who fly into Las Vegas and then drive the 3.5 hours into the park. Seems it is the best way to fly in.
The boys had a blast and we all came out sore and achy but with a huge sense of accomplishment.