Gateway To The Narrows

We left Weeping Rock almost at dusk, and traveled to catch to sunset at the Gateway to the Narrows. I’ve heard that the Narrows is a great hike up the Virgin River. It was too cold in November for us to undertake it, but I would have loved to hike it.

If you look closely at the mountains, you can see the slot canyons, just little wedges carved (or mountains drifted) into the sides. These areas make fabulous hikes. It’s amazinng how much beautiful scenery can be expereinced from these vantage points. I always think that the best is seen from above or below, but am amazed at what is waiting right there for us.

That is a natural archway on the side of that mountain just waiting for time and the elements to do their jobs. It appears that it will be a colosal one.

The colors are beautiful along the shore of the Virgin River and at the base of the mountains.

Everything look a bit more daunting as the darkness settles in.

This is the Temple of Sinawava.  Sinawava means “Coyote”  in Southern Paiute. There is probably some historical significance or Indian lore to this, but I couldn’t find any when I googled it. I love these free standing forms.

Dusk at the temple of Sinawava.

Another pretty shot of the Virgin River at the mouth of the Narrows.

Like the other mountains, I see a few faces along the sides of these!

This one looks like a Buddha face directly above the yellow leaves. This moountain has all kinds of crevices, ledges, stacks, and formations. It is truly a natural work of art.

28 thoughts on “Gateway To The Narrows

  1. The one to the far right almost looks like it has a woman carved into the side, complete with her head and short hair on top of her head. Even looks to me like she has like a wonder woman type bra on. Amazing pictures.

  2. “The colors are beautiful along the shore of the Virgin River and at the base of the mountains.”


    Loved the shots of the crescent moon – stunning!

    Isn’t nature GRAND?

    Thanks for sharing, Suzi! Enjoyed!


  3. Your pictures are gorgeous! This reminds me of some geological formations I saw a couple of summers ago in Wyoming, just north of the Utah border. Just being in the presence of such awesome beauty is a spiritual journey. Thanks for sharing — I want to go!

  4. The Paiutes or Nuwuvi were an agricultural based tribe in the Valley and were befriended by the Mormons. Together they were able to fend off the Navajo from slave raids. The Mormons were able to “somewhat” harness the water which made raising crops feasible in the arid region. I noticed that if the planting wasn’t close to the rivers or streams, growth was sparse. The Paiutes knew what to grow in the area, so they networked.
    The picture at the Temple of Sinawava is the Altar and the Pulpit. It looks as though a coyote has his head thrown back to howl at the altar. Not shown is that this area around the Temple forms a natural ampitheater, and is the beginning of the Valley and the end of the Narrows.
    The rocks in some places exhibit a “desert varnish” look. Its dark color may come from algae or fungi.

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