The Narrows of the Virgin River is a spectacular section of canyon upstream of the main Zion canyon. Here, the river fills the entire space between the towering canyon walls.
Nick and I hiked the Narrows from the top down during the last two days in October. In the course of those 16 miles, we experienced the full spectrum of Zion's fall color in reverse, from the deep reds at Chamberlain's ranch to the barely yellowing leaves at the Temple of Sinawava. Many of those miles consist of hiking entirely in the watercourse, and with water temperatures are around 45F this late in the year, we shared the canyon with only a few other parties.