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The Narrows Zion National Park, Utah

Source: The Imlay boulder sits near the junction with Imlay Canyon. It’s about two hours upstream from the Temple of Sinawava.The Virgin River varies in depth from a few inches to chestdeep along this route. Check flash-flood conditions before entering the canyon.

Hike to this month’s cover shot.

Get here

For a 16-mile overnight with easy logistics, do the Narrows top-down: First, get a ride to Chamberlain’s Ranch ($37/person; ), then follow the East Fork downstream, alternating between wading and

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