Thoughts from Zion Canyon: At The Temple of Sinawava on the Virgin River


June 1, 2014 by katmcdaniel

© fortherock with CCLicense

© fortherock with CCLicense

At the end of the road in Zion National Park, there is a place called the Temple of Sinawava, a natural amphitheater nearly 3,000 feet deep. From this shaded, still and beautiful valley, the traveler may enter the Zion Narrows, a channel in the rock cliffs hollowed out by the Virgin River. The river here can be waded and the slot canyon explored. From time to time, rocks fall from the cliff face into the river with a satisfying resonance. This poem is an interpretation of the feelings brought up by experiencing the sound of a rockfall somewhere upstream while standing at Sinawava.

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One thought on “Thoughts from Zion Canyon: At The Temple of Sinawava on the Virgin River

  1. […] I began by reading At the Temple of Sinawava on the Virgin River, a poem that related an experience I had almost ten years ago, when I visited Zion National Park and was struck by the eerie beauty and otherworldliness of the area leading to the Zion Narrows, where the river flows from a crack in the rock big enough to admit travelers. One day I will return there to make that hike upstream. It was wonderful to be able to take eight friends, including my husband, who was there the first time, to the place in my mind that corresponds to this place and time when the very rocks were alive. You can go there too, just click here. […]

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