Flash Flood in Virgin Narrows Canyon // Inundación en Zion NP, Utah


We are in Zion National Park and we are going to do one of the most popular treks here. The Narrows Virgin Canyon, 16 km walking throught the river in a very narrow canyon around 8 hours We are with Josemi, a friend from La Rioja who came to visit us and to enjoy this aventure day We are in the wall Street area, the most narrow part in the canyon and with the heigher walls, till 800m high in this area must be really carefull in case of a flash flooding [maybe is better this way] well, we have reached the half of the way, 8km and we can not go on. We have to turn back The sun is gone and we are afraid that some storm come…we are gonna leave the canyon before it starts to rain An electric storm has begun and there are thunders everywhere so we go to leave the canyon as fast as possible are forming waterfalls… This is dangerous! ¡Jose, Jose, Jose! is a storm that we didn´t expect, takes an hour raining and the water level is rising up we are in the entry from wall street and we can not cross, we have 3 hours walking to exit the canyon and this getting worst… we took one hour stand on this island, are falling rocks and started having very cold… A big rock fall down one meter from Josemi! this is terrible, goodbye and the next connection don´t know where it will be… we succedd to go out from the canyon! we are out from the water! and these are the survivors… it has been a unique adventure we experienced a storm of stroke, but fortunately we are unhurt!

25 thoughts on “Flash Flood in Virgin Narrows Canyon // Inundación en Zion NP, Utah

  1. Cruzamos por este parque por la noche, ya que ese día fuimos demasiado ambiciosos con el planning, y se quedo en el tintero. Pasada de paisaje, y madre mía que tensión… Sí es que la naturaleza es impredecible.

  2. Chavales entre osos que os quieren abrir el vehículo y esta tormenta, lo vuestro es épico. Mejor os dedicais a formar una familia y dejad las aventuras para los solteros. Abrazotes.

  3. Uno  de los peores capítulos de 2 años de viaje, la inundación repentina en Zion NP

  4. Que bueno que salieron con bien … pero yo ya no voy a ir 🙁 
    9.27.2014 ..UTAH — The body of a 34-year-old male hiker was found Sunday….Rangers said at that time, the river was running at approximately 46 cubic feet per second (CFS); and at around 9:30 a.m. rain began to fall and the pair decided to end their hike and go back down the Narrows to the Riverside Walk Trail.  However, during their walk out of the area, officials said the river started rising rapidly and quickly reached flash flood levels peaking at 4,020 CFS.

  5. No consultaron el Centro de Visitantes antes de aventurarse ahi? Es lo que siempre se recomienda aun y cuando este despejado el cielo.

  6. No hay mal que por bien no venga. Tienen grabada una fabulosa aventura.
    Excelente trabajo y gran viaje! Sigan adelante viajeros.

  7. Very happy that you're okay! For those who might be in this situation it's better to sometimes stay put instead of trying a dangerous area/section. The water rises fast, but it also goes down fast when the storm passes. So if you can wait it out in safe place it will leave soon. Most of the deaths we have here in Utah I notice are from people underestimating just how powerful the water really is. Even 1 foot of quick moving water can cause you to lose your footing, sweep you away, and you'll never be seen alive again. in this case there is a very safe place just downstream from where the Englestead river meets the Narrows, stay in the trees and bushes on high ground till it passes, usually just an hour or so. 🙂

  8. Yo he ido tres veces, pero ahi en las instrucciones dice bien claro, pregunten al Ranger sobre repentina inundacion, eso le paso a mis hijos y mi sobrina, fueron y empezo a llover, claro, los jovenes no escuchan a los viejos, dicen que no caminaban, corria toda la gente. Solo Dios paro la lluvia

  9. wow pretty scary and exciting since you made it out. We didn't hike into the canyons but people told us about the floods.
    we are Floridians. We do hurricanes not flash floods. I'm glad everyone survived. Shows you what cooperation and team effort can do if you don't panic. well done.

  10. wow pretty scary and exciting since you made it out. We didn't hike into the canyons but people told us about the floods.
    we are Floridians. We do hurricanes not flash floods. I'm glad everyone survived. Shows you what cooperation and team effort can do if you don't panic. well done.

  11. When will people (particularly the young) learn that they are NOT bulletproof and it's not "cool" to pretend you are. Very real consequences come from dumb decisions and they affect MANY others. If they got stranded , hurt or died, many others would need to risk life and limb to rescue or recover. many think this is exciting….it's NOT. Listen to the park rangers and DO NOT go into a slot canyon or narrows when there is even a slim chance of rain.

  12. This was either overdramatized, or these are some fools! Who in this situation stops when they get a signal and starts shooting a video commentary? They are extremely lucky as every second counts.

  13. Tarados …..de la que se salvaron……the virgin canyons no es un juego

  14. THIS is why we need the wall. So uninformed Mexicans don't come up here and get themselves killed. I don't know why God was looking out for them but I guess he was otherwise theid all be gone.

  15. Probably a good idea to actually go upstream rather than down. Or up a canyon wall if possible, in an emergency.

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