At Zion National Park, we followed the Riverside Walk where the Zion Canyon narrows and the trail stops as the Virgin River flows between rock walls.
Seen in early June, the Virgin River stays within its channel. The steep canyon walls indicate that the rock is hard, but this river doesn’t look like it would cut through hard rock. But appearances can be deceiving. The Park Service warns “During a flash flood, the water level rises quickly, within minutes or even seconds. A flash flood can rush down a canyon in a wall of water 12 feet high or more.”
Canyon seeps create wet walls for ferns and flowers to take root and grow.
The Riverwalk Trail ends here at the Virgin River, where many people wade and walk upstream as the canyon continues to narrow. We weren’t prepared to wade in our hiking boots so we just enjoyed the red canyon walls and the coolness of the river.
The next morning we drove to Las Vegas to catch a flight home, with many memories of the great parks on this southwest parks road trip.