Zion National Park
Riverside Walk - The Narrows
This visit to Zion National Park only lasted a few hours. In 2007, I spent several days in Zion, hiking some of the park's most famous trails, including Angels Landing and Observation Point. Be sure to check it out, too!
At the end of the Scenic Drive, you can park and walk another mile north. The canyon slowly narrows, and eventually, the trail ends, but you don't have to stop there. If conditions are safe (check with park rangers) you can step into the cool water and walk upstream. Just be prepared: you may need to wade through water up to four feet deep in places, and you'll need to protect anything that could be damaged by water. Oh, and one more thing: the wet rocks can be very slippery, so tread carefully.
The view back down the canyon, from the north end of the trail.
Watch for deer and other creatures along this trail. I encountered a few that were so tame, they walked right across the path in front of me.
This was my last scenic stop on this trip. From here, I drove out of the park, over to Interstate 15, then south into Las Vegas (about 2 1/2 hours away). For a freeway, I-15 is considerably scenic: the stretch of road that clips the northwest corner of Arizona twists and turns on a roller-coaster ride along the edge of the Virgin River. There's no useful exits until you reach Mesquite, NV, just over the state line.
I didn't stop to take any more pictures, since I had just enough time to eat dinner, return the rental car, and catch my plane.
Back in Vegas: a friend of mine recommends Garduňo's at the Palms Casino, just off the strip. When I stopped there for dinner, before catching my flight home, the restaurant was "closed for a private engagement". But since I put a lot of faith in my friend's taste for Mexican food, I strongly recommend it, anyway.
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