Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide
by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)
© Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.
We began a 2-night/3-day adventure through Parunuweap Canyon by dropping into a fork of the Virgin River from about 5 miles outside of Zion National Park's East entrance on UT-9. We followed the river bed until we reached the canyon. That was our first night's camp. The next day we hiked through the canyon. It was absolutely amazing. We waded through ankle-high to knee-high deep water nearly all day, and had to overcome a few obstacles by lowering our packs down by rope and carefully climbing down. Find the springs along the way, and do not use the river water, it is downstream from cattle ranches and not the cleanest, even though it may appear clean. We camped in the canyon on our second evening along the river's edge. Again... amazing. No words will ever describe just how awesome this experience was. The final day led us out of the canyon and out toward Checkerboard Mesa. We explored Fat Man's Misery for a few minutes, but were running short on time to enjoy all of its glory. We had initially planned to hike out of the canyon, rappel down through Fat Man's and then hike back out. If you have the time, do it. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. We had a great group of 5 of us, and the stories we will share from this 3-day hike are endless.
I was hoping to find multiple trails when I viewed this trail map, but found out it was not detailed enough. Thank you anyway, I saw it came up with a lot more trails than I expected.
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