Originally Posted by kuuskv
There are a few runs that I'd like to try to get this year that require a good amount of runoff from desert-like places. In order of how badly I'd like to run these creeks, they are:
2. San Rafael
3. Virgin Narrows
5. Upper Box
It's my understanding that all of these runs need a solid snowpack and a quick warming cycle for sufficient flow. How much do we know about the snowpack in these drainages thus far in the season? I'd really like to hear opinions from people that call these their home rivers.
P.S. There is a Rio Grande discussion going on in another post so we don't have to go through it again on this thread.
Contact the ranger station in Zion for updates on the run through the narrows, and be sure to check out the rapid at the start of the trail up the narrows down by the visitors center. I recomend caution at that location, but I would also ask if there is anything like that up in the narrows.
Zion NPS people are extreemly helpfull in this regaurd. They want to see the stream used in this manner. So do not be shy. They can tell you when the best time to run is, and how to get to the put in.
we sold them this rescue ribg propbably 10 years ago, and they purchasesd another one last year.
My experience on the virgin river goes way back to 1978 when we destroyed 2 sport yaks in the section below Virgin Ut. There is a diversion dam there now for Quail creek resavoir. Too bad. It was extreemly fun, and I thnk my lucky stars that there was low water. We should have gotten a clue when we portaged a 30 ft cliff right off the bat.
My sister (no water Nancy ) does the san Rafael a lot, but not the black box section.
In 1979 we had One hell of a year on the Virgin Under I 15 in Ariz. That is a unique place to go. Especially for Engineers. What a view of the freeway from below.
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