Zion National Park in Utah is a must-visit for any nature lover. It is one of the most iconic parks in the United States and millions of people flock to the park every year. There are two sections of the park that are most frequented by landscape photographers - The Subway and The Narrows.
The first famous landmark that people encounter on the Subway hike is the Arch Angel Falls pictured above. From there, just a couple of hundred meters away, at the end of an arduous hike is the iconic Subway. For many landscape photographers taking a photo of the Subway is mostly for checking off an item from their bucket list. Despite being shot to death, this particular frame has been captured by countless photographers and kept as a fond memory.
Then there is this other world-famous hike in the Virgin River Narrows. I'd say this hike is far easier to access and as a result, a lot more crowded. But the sense of adventure, mixed with the jaw-dropping scenery makes this one a must-do hike in my book. I don't think I have had as much fun on any other hike that I've done.
During Fall, the valley is awash with color, and it's a spectacle that lasts for about a couple of weeks at best. Its all weather dependant of course. Early snow, too much wind or rain can totally alter the scene and end the Fall color season abruptly.
Right at the entrance of the Narrows, you are greeted with this scene and after a short walk from here, you are going to enter the Virgin River Narrows, so be prepared to get your feet wet.
The shot below was taken while standing in waist-deep water. The Narrows are truly dynamic and offer photographers countless compositions at every turn. Every year the water level is different, so you can never expect the same scene to repeat even on repeated visits.
As you continue along the Virgin River Narrows, you will enter the "Wall Street" section. Here the canyon walls are a bit closer to each other and depending on the angle of the sun different sections of the red-rock surface catch a golden glow at different times of the day.
I will close with my favorite shot from the narrows, taken just a few feet from the above location. A beautiful little tree found a way to thrive on the canyon walls you can see above (on the left side to be precise), the bounce light in the slot canyon made the yellow leaves sparkle against the dark, red-rock background.