Riverside Walk at Zion National Park

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions” — Peter Hoeg

Hey again!  Let’s talk about an absolutely easy and delightful hike in Zion – the Riverside Walk.  When we visited Zion, we, of course, didn’t get to explore every hike in the park.  There is a very strenuous, thrilling and nausea-inducing (if you are afraid of heights) hike with magnificent views that we intentionally skipped, known as Angel’s Landing.

Another one, known as the Narrows, which is about 8 miles round-trip through the Virgin River, is supposed to be stunning, although somewhat challenging.  We couldn’t do that one because the river was running too high and the park service had it closed.  However, we were able to do the Riverside Walk, which is the very beginning of the Narrows hike.

The trail begins at the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop, is 2 miles round-trip, and takes about 1.5 hours, give or take.  The trail is a very easy walk and is paved and wide, so just about anybody, including those in wheelchairs, can enjoy it.  It’s so pleasant because it is alongside the Virgin River, and shady, so it’s a rather cool, refreshing walk.

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Along the way, you can enjoy hanging gardens, a peaceful river, and some of God’s creatures.

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While you are walking along the river, there’s such a feeling of peace and tranquility.  I wish I could bottle that up, along with the sounds of the river, and the feel of the small breeze from the running water.  So delightful.

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I’ve had to break out the thesaurus to figure out a bunch of different ways to say the word beautiful.  Because I want to keep saying beautiful.  Because it is so beautiful.

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It has been fun re-living my hike from a couple weeks ago with you!  I hope I’ve been able to share how alluring, appealing, charming, dazzling, gorgeous, grand, marvelous, and superb this experience can be, and that you get a chance to see it for yourself.

Until next time – happy traveling!

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