A stunningly beautiful canyon in Utah’s Zion National Park has become so popular that park officials have instituted a lottery for hikers who want to discover its untouched natural beauty.
Down between two peaks called the North and South Guardian Angels, the Subway’s low light is the perfect place for algae to grow in vibrant and rich greens.
The park is issuing 80 permits a day to hikers who want to visit the cylindrical slot canyon.
The lottery will only be done between peak seasons between March and November when demand to journey to the gorgeous canyon is at its highest.
Groups are limited to fewer than 12 people.
The subway itself is roughly a quarter mile long, but finding your way to the canyon can be difficult.
The hike is 9.5 miles round trip, and is more difficult than a novice hiker should attempt on their own.
Hikers will face route finding, creeks that need crossing, and boulders that must be scaled. ***
Because of the extensive obstacles, the park encourages people who haven’t much experience are encouraged to either find an experienced hiker to go with or to make sure they have a detailed map before they leave.
It’s even more difficult to reach The Subway if you attempt to do it from the top down, as hikers will need to rappel on route as well as swim through pools of cold water that will likely have debris.
But if the images that have come out are at all accurate, the beautiful scenery is worth the hardship of reaching it.
Attribution: Daily Mail