|Big Spring: a difficult and beautiful destination in the Virgin Narrows|
Big Spring is a lovely destination. Three different flows come out of the rock with beautiful ferns and trees adjacent. Photographing this beauty required a wide-angle lens and a polarizer. The fast flow of water rattled my tripod when I shot in the river itself, making me keep a hand on it at all times. I climbed up on the spring to shoot these ferns up close but it can be quite slippery (remember, this is called "slickrock") so watch out.
This hike took much longer than a typical 8-mile trek because of the water and the Zion shuttle.
|Big Spring in Zion|
|Big Spring stands at a curve in the Virgin River|
|Big Spring pours straight out of the Cliff|
|Big Spring and the Muddy Virgin River|
Hike Difficulty: ★★★★ Strenuous
Trail Condition: ★★★ Moderate
Trail Hazards: ★★★ Moderate: slippery boulders everywhere, 1 deep swim
Trailhead: Zion: Temple of Sinewava
Time Required: Most of a day, (minimum 7 hours)
Distance round trip: 8 miles
Off the Beaten Path: ★★★ Yes if you travel this far upstream, 3 Stars
Scenery: ★★★★ Excellent, 4 Stars
Photographic Potential: ★★★ Great, 3 Stars