Perspective in The Narrows
Narrows of the Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah
In the most dramatic section of Zion Canyon, The Narrows of the Virgin River, the vertical walls stretch hundreds of feet overhead. In this section, 2+ miles in length, there is no chance of escape from a flash flood. But when the weather is good, especially upstream, hiking through The Narrows is a truly unforgettable experience, one that gives me great perspective on my relationship to the natural world. Hiking the entire 16 miles from Chamberlain's Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava and camping (above the high water mark!) near the halfway point makes for a tremendous short trip, as I did with some of my best friends when I made this image in 1999. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.