Zion Narrows Wall Street


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The Virgin River runs south through upland aspen forest from near Navajo Lake at 9,200 feet (2,800 m) elevation, 11 miles (18 km) to Chamberlain's Ranch, 5,900 feet (1,800 m), where the through-hike of The Narrows starts. The river turns west and a gorge starts to form within 2 miles (3. 2 km). By the time the North Fork enters Zion National Park, 5 miles (8. 0 km) from Chamberlain's Ranch, the gorge is 500 feet (150 m) deep. three and a half miles (5. 6 km) further, at the confluence with Deep Creek, the gorge is 1,300 feet (400 m) deep, and the combined river turns south. The gorge from here is continuous and has vertical sandstone walls from 40 to 100 feet (12 to 30 metres) apart, with pockets of forest on both sides. From Deep Creek to Big Spring is 2. 7 miles (4. 3 km). At Big Spring, the canyon narrows again, and the true Narrows begin. For most of the next 3. 6-mile (5. 8 km) stretch to the Mouth of the Narrows, the river runs wall to wall, with vertical sandstone cliffs on both sides. A mile (2 km) south of the Mouth of the Narrows is the Temple of Sinawava, where the river enters main Zion Canyon, a flat-floored, quarter to half-mile (400 to 800 m) wide canyon with sandstone mountains on each side, their summits 2,400 feet (730 m) above. Eight miles (13 km) further south, where the canyon widens again, is the town of Springdale and the southern boundary of Zion National Park.