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Weeping Rock & The Narrows, Zion National Park

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On up the road, deeper into the canyon, Weeping Rock provides the perfect stop on a hot summer day.  The trail is a bit steep, but short, and ends at a spring that constantly drizzles down water onto the path below.  You can actually walk through the droplets of water, into a rock alcove.

Riverside Walk – The Narrows

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.

If you have time, consider exploring the Kolob Canyons, at the northern end of Zion National Park.  You can get there by taking I-15 north to exit 40.  I visited Kolob Canyons during my 2007 visit to Zion, and hiked the Taylor Creek Trail.

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.  And that was it! 6 days, 3 states, 363 pictures — the first of dozens of TakeMyTrip trips, and the one that would set the standard for all those to come.

Note: This trip was first published in 2004.

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