Photo Essay: Traveling the National Parks–-Zion, Utah

Local residents Harvey and Kathy Youngman recently went on a road trip up through the United States into Canada.   World travelers they said this was one trip they did not want to end.  They were especially impressed with the beauty and glory of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.

From the National Parks website: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Utah’s First National Park

Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

The park has a very special feature, the beautiful Narrows carved out by the Virgin River.  It’s a  spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2,000-feet deep, and at times only 20 to 30-feet wide. The Narrows, with its soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience. However, it is not a hike to be underestimated.

Hiking The Narrows means hiking in the Virgin River. At least 60 percent of the hike is spent wading, walking, and sometimes swimming in the river. There is no maintained trail because the route is the river. The current is swift, the water is cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery.

Flash flooding and hypothermia are constant dangers. Good planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a safe and successful trip. Your safety is your responsibility.

A permit is required for the 16-mile top-down hike through The Narrows. A permit is not required for hiking The Narrows from the bottom up.

To apply for a National Park pass, and for senior it’s only $10 for a lifetime pass, here is the website: http://www.doi.gov/tourists/get-a-pass.cfm

All photo Credits are Harvey and Kathy Youngman

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Harvey Youngman is owner of Deal Makers Machinery. Kathleen Youngman is a retired Registered Nurse.  They live in Newbury Park with their dog Lilly and enjoy being grandparents.

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