Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Virgin River, Utah

Virgin River, Utah

The Virgin is an enigmatic river that sweeps through southwest Utah shaping the deep chasm at Zion National Park. Contradicting the vibrant colors of the canyon landscape, the shallow stream is a muddy brown.

Cut through an arid desert, the cold river is a life-giving force offering fresh water to a diverse selection of plants and animals. The forest of arched cottonwoods is a peaceful oasis that also provides plenty of shade.

The compressed end of Zion must be approached with caution as flash floods are a serious hazard. Despite drenching the hiker with peril, this awesome waterway rewards the risk with spectacular scenery at every bend.

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  1. Wow! Very pretty! Looks like a ncie place, despite the flash floods!

    @AllysePanaro from
    The Frog Lady

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    1. Thanks! Yes, when hiking through the Narrows it becomes obvious how people could get into trouble during a flash flood.

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  2. Lovely colors, I like the contrast of the orange and coppers with the green. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Thanks, the colors in the canyon are just beautiful.

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  3. Wow, I feel like I'm somewhere in Africa! Very well done!

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    1. The unusual landscape makes you feel as though you're in a very exotic locale.

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