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11 June 2018 / leggypeggy

Zion’s popular Riverside Walk is postcard material

Temple of Sinawava, Zion National Park

The Temple of Sinawava starts the Riverside Walk

Riverside Walk, Zion National Park

Poor John is dwarfed by the sandstone walls of the Riverside Walk

One of our favourite outings in Zion National Park was the leisurely and picturesque Riverside Walk, starting at the Temple of Sinawava, a massive stone amphitheatre that unofficially marks the beginning of the canyon.

The temple and the trail that runs alongside the Virgin River have become one of the park’s most popular destinations. Some of the gorge walls rise 1000 feet.

With lush green foliage, humbling views of towering sandstone, gurgling water and wildlife, the walk is pure postcard material.

Virgin River, Zion National Park

Views along the Riverside Walk

Virgin River, Zion National Park

The beauty of the Riverside Walk

Just over a mile in distance one way, the path is paved and mostly level. We set out in the early morning and there were almost no other walkers. Then traffic picked up.

A lot of people were outfitted in wet gear (special closed shoes, chest-high waterproof pants and long walking sticks) so they could wade into the waters of the Zion Narrows that stretch beyond the Riverside Walk. Apparently late spring and summer are the best times to tackle the narrows. That’s when the water is lowest and warmest.

Of course, we didn’t have any of the necessary gear, but after seeing that everyone was dressed almost identically, I realised it was possible to rent the gear. Maybe another time. One of our group had ventured into the narrows on a previous trip and said how breathtaking the views were. I think it’s possible to hike about two more miles into the ever-narrowing canyon.

We took our time, walking to the water’s edge a couple of times and me photographing everything around me. We got to the end in time to see some people heading into the narrows. It was a clear day and almost no chance of any flash floods, so I reckon they had an amazing outing.

The Narrows, Riverside Walk, Zion National Park

Walkers head into the Zion Narrows

There was a special treat on our return walk. I’m always scanning the distance for wildlife and I spotted a deer—as it turned out it was a female mule deer. She was drinking at the river’s edge and had her bum to us. But slowly she turned and made her way across about 50 yards of grassland.

She came right up to the fence along the path beside us and then slipped through the gap. She was aiming for the delectable leaves on a tree right in front of us. Miraculously, no one else came along to disturb the experience. We moved on after about 10 minutes, and just then she made a leap up the hill. Perhaps we were the only ones to see her.

I later learned that people often see mule deers on that walk, but we felt special and rewarded anyway.

 

Riverside Walk, Zion National Park

Sandstone walls rise up to 1000 feet

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  1. Yvonne / Jun 11 2018 9:05 am

    I’m learning a lot from your wanderings, and loving the beauty you are sharing.

    That deer is so pretty, what a privilege to see it in its natural habitat.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 9:53 am

      Thanks so much. Very glad you are enjoying the adventures. And yes, a true privilege to be visited by that deer.

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  2. Alexis Chateau / Jun 11 2018 9:13 am

    You really make me sorry I missed Zion when I was out in Utah last spring!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 9:58 am

      Don’t be sorry. Just try to plan another trip soon.

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      • Alexis Chateau / Jun 12 2018 2:11 pm

        We definitely plan to go back! We had a great time when we went. We hiked at Arches National Park and did another trail about 12 miles away called Corona Arches. Very beautiful!

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2018 2:33 pm

        So great to know you plan to return.

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  3. Dorothy / Jun 11 2018 9:14 am

    Awesome scenery Peggy. Those sandstone cliffs are amazing.

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  4. sunnydaysinseattle / Jun 11 2018 9:15 am

    One of my favorite national parks in Utah! Definitely postcard worthy!

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  5. ralietravels / Jun 11 2018 9:15 am

    I am glad for you and impressed at how relatively empty the trails were. It was packed during our most recent visits, so packed the last time that we did not even bother to do more than drive through the park.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 9:54 am

      Oh wow, I guess we were truly blessed to have the path mostly to ourselves.

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  6. trE / Jun 11 2018 9:37 am

    I live in what most will call “deer country”. Lol. I see my share of them often and they are all majestic to me.

    It looks like you guys are still having a blast! That’s great! These photos are too!

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  7. Catnip Blog / Jun 11 2018 9:49 am

    LOVE your pictures and especially the one of your deer which, I’m sure, came to look at you but unfortunately left her camera in the bush.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 9:55 am

      Maybe she took a mental picture of us. I’m sure we were grinning from ear to ear.

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  8. gerard oosterman / Jun 11 2018 9:58 am

    Great walk, Peggy. Amazing cliffs and bluffs and that sweet mule deer. She must have thought you were a good friend.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 10:00 am

      At least she didn’t think we were the enemy. We stood really still and stayed quiet.

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  9. Chris Riley / Jun 11 2018 10:53 am

    Now those cliffs are my kind of country. Thanks to your blog and a couple of others, plus some friends that are sharing photos while visiting there at the moment, I’m seeing America through a new set of eyes. It’s a beautiful country, and one that I now know I MUST see.

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  10. Anthony / Jun 11 2018 11:29 am

    Absolutely stunning.

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  11. Vicki / Jun 11 2018 11:33 am

    What a treat having the Mule Deer so close. These types of encounters always make your hike so much more memorable.

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  12. efge63 / Jun 11 2018 4:16 pm

    Good morning!!!!!!!!! Beautiful,peaceful walk along the river. Scenery, wildlife, fresh smells of the forest abound … I walked with you and i want to thank you for sharing all this beauty!!!!

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  13. beetleypete / Jun 11 2018 6:27 pm

    Natural wonder on that scale makes me ponder once again just how temporary and insignificant humans really are.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 11 2018 11:01 pm

      You’re so right, Pete. We’re pretty unimportant and small in the bigger picture.

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  14. derrickjknight / Jun 11 2018 6:34 pm

    Stunning scenery; lovely portrait of the deer

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  15. Eliza Ayres / Jun 11 2018 10:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Enjoying your trip and photos!

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  16. a mindful traveler / Jun 11 2018 11:06 pm

    Those walls are massive Peggy, you guys look so tiny in comparison. It must feel so humbling to walk these paths. 🙂

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  17. Oh, the Places We See / Jun 11 2018 11:58 pm

    And your photos would make great postcards! Isn’t it fun to visit a place where a photo moment occurs at every turn!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2018 12:00 am

      It is fun, but it chews up a lot of space on my camera’s SD card! 🙂

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  18. Almost Iowa / Jun 12 2018 12:07 am

    Absolutely love the place. My wife hates it though, she got bit by an extortionist ground squirrel after she refused to feed it.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 12 2018 1:04 am

      No wonder the signs say ‘don’t feed the animals’.

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      • Almost Iowa / Jun 12 2018 2:05 am

        A careful reading reveals that the sign say ” don’t don’t feed the animals “

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      • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2018 6:07 am

        They really mean it. 🙂

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  19. Osyth / Jun 12 2018 1:42 am

    Such beauty and such a gift to find that lovely deer too. Nothing much says graceful better than a deer and nothing much says doe eyes better than …. well, a doe!

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2018 12:13 am

      Deer are such exquisite creatures. So delicate. Blessed to meet this girl.

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  20. dreamweaver333 / Jun 12 2018 2:59 am

    Reblogged this on dreamweaver333.

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  21. lexklein / Jun 12 2018 5:13 am

    The Narrows hike was one of my very favorites in Zion! Love the sweet deer … like you, I’m always on the lookout for a little wildlife.

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  22. lmo58 / Jun 12 2018 9:19 am

    Spectacular as always Peggy. It was strange to see John dwarfed by those cliffs. The deer is beautiful too. I have some quite fetching photos of a couple of beautiful cats! But they aren’t surrounded by such amazing landscapes. Thank you!

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  23. shawnthompsonart / Jun 12 2018 12:37 pm

    Nice photos, I like how you included people which are dwarfed by the rock formations. You are way too close to that deer though.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2018 12:16 am

      I was standing in one place the whole time. The deer came to us and then passed on by.

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  24. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jun 12 2018 2:37 pm

    What a lot of wonderful experiences you and Poor John are enjoying. Zion is spectacular but you are fortunate to be there in late spring. Summertime it can be nearly unbearable.
    Your photography is exceptional.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 13 2018 12:17 am

      Thanks. The days were glorious, but the nights were cold. I was glad to have a warm sleeping liner.

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  25. Green Global Trek / Jun 12 2018 7:28 pm

    So magnificent, especially the sandstone and the amazing colors! Love the deer too. What a treat!

    Peta

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  26. susan@onesmallwalk / Jun 13 2018 12:25 am

    Peggy – Looks like you visited at just the right time, cool and uncrowded. Wonderful!

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  27. sidilbradipo1 / Jun 13 2018 3:19 am

    Breathtaking 😍
    Ciao
    Sid

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  28. kkessler833 / Jun 14 2018 9:37 am

    Beautiful!

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  29. Gilda Baxter / Jun 14 2018 10:30 pm

    Incredible place, definitely on my wish list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 15 2018 12:13 pm

      You are most welcome. Hope you get there soon.

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  30. chattykerry / Jun 15 2018 11:40 pm

    So stark and beautiful, Love your mule deer!

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  31. dfolstad58 / Jun 16 2018 4:57 am

    Loved the post, and the deer. I often have deer in my yard and regardless of their nuisance factor i like seeing them. Safe travels my friend

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 16 2018 5:07 am

      Thanks so much. Deer are wonderful creatures.You’re lucky to see them often.

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  32. jeanleesworld / Jun 17 2018 11:58 am

    Oh those canyon walls! Gorgeous. Nature’s colors never cease to amaze me. x

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  33. Aquileana / Jun 19 2018 5:37 am

    It really looks like an amphitheater… absolutely stunning 💕💞 perfect Natural surroundings. Sending love and best wishes 💗

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  34. Miriam / Jun 19 2018 9:32 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing.

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  35. adventuredawgs / Jun 22 2018 7:21 am

    “Postcard” is an apt description; those photos are stunning. That looks like the kind of place I could get happily lost.

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  36. Sy S. / Jun 26 2018 7:36 am

    Hello Postcard Travelen LeggyPeggy,

    I see you are posting replies to us. However, where are you hiding, hanging out lately in North America? Are you still in the states or on your way to another interesting destination? somewhere in the WW World.

    Curious Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Jun 26 2018 8:06 am

      Good question, Sy. I’ve been hanging with family all over the place and often without an internet connection. Expect news soon!

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  37. Nandini Jain / Jun 30 2018 2:16 am

    Amazing! 😊

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  38. J.D. Riso / Jul 6 2018 4:21 pm

    Zion and Bryce are two places I have yet to see in the Southwest. Maybe one day. I’ll definitely keep this hike in mind.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 8 2018 6:12 pm

      If you have time and are so inclined, I think a stroll in The Narrows would be well worth it.

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  39. indianeskitchen / Jul 15 2018 3:45 pm

    Wow so amazing and beautiful!

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  40. tony / Aug 30 2018 11:06 am

    Not as spectacular as the Grand Canyon or Bryce but looks like a wonderful walk.

    Tony
    http://breadtagsagas.com/

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 30 2018 12:29 pm

      One of those scenic, but manageable walks. The cliffs make you feel so small.

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