After perusing the brochure that we got from the Visitor Center, we decided to take the Riverside Trail. This one-mile (2 round trip) trail begins at the farthest end of the Zion Canyon in a natural amphitheater called Temple of Siniwava and follows the Virgin River until it ends where the Navajo Sandstone walls close in and the water is forced into the narrow walls of the renowned Zion Narrows.
I can see why this trail racks up 3,000 visitors a day in the summer time. The trail is paved, although it can be tricky at some point especially when a portion of the trail is covered with hardened ice as it did that day. In the winter time, when we visited however, it was as if we were there on our own. Few people were taking the trail.
The cherry on my sundae came midway through the trail when the local residents came to say hi. There were a few deer grazing in the banks of the river, but the squirrels well they are my favorites.
The river is very picturesque. According to wikipedia it is 162 mi long and is a tributary of Colorado and in 2009 during the centennial celebration of Zion NP, it was designated as Utah's first wild and scenic river. I don't doubt it if mile 1 of 162 is the basis.
We reached the end of the trail sooner than I wanted. The trail ended but there is a way to go see the narrows and it's through the river. I don't know how high the river becomes, but on that day the water level was pretty low. We could easily wade into the river and walk further. We opted not to do that.
We went down on the river bank full of rocks and noted that there were two men who crossed the river and were obviously set on photography.
Getting ready for some awesome photography, I'm jealous.
At the end of the trail, there is are steps to go down to the river bank. We were ready to to back.
This is MY WORLD this week.