Friday, February 15, 2013

The Virgin River in Utah - the journey of a woman


Virgin River in Zion National Park
The Virgin River in southern Utah begins north of Zion National Park in the Navajo Reservoir.  It stretches through southern Utah and continues south to Lake Mead and the Colorado River in Nevada.  At the source, the river is teeming with life.  There are numerous endangered species that live within the clear water.  Without the Virgin River these species could not exist.  The woundfin, spinedace, flannelmouth sucker, desert sucker, speckled dace, Virgin River chub, and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher are just some of them.


As the river passes through the clay and sandy soil of Zion and the desert, the water turns  gray and red and the life that filled the river further north is almost non-existent.  Yet, what seems like a lifeless river is essential to the communities that dwell on and around this beautiful river.  The Native Americans that dwelled along the banks of the river to present day Springdale, Rockville, Virgin, Hurricane, St. George and beyond all utilize this river and its many resources.  

The beauty of the river changes as it passes through the many different terrains of southwest Utah.  Never does its grandeur disappear but instead constantly brings an awe to the thousands of people who experience it.  

The changes are extreme from the beginning until it finally joins Lake Mead and the Colorado River.  The twists and turns are numerous as well as the difficult rapids and waterfalls.  Yet, there are just as many places that are smooth and flat, locations where a person can sit and enjoy the peace emanating from the river.

So is the life of a woman.


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