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 Subway is what the park calls a unique slot canyon deep inside the Left Fork of North Creek
Demand for a glimpse at the canyon is incredibly high because of its ridiculously impressive look
Though extremely popular the Subway appears on no maps and must be found by experienced pathfinders
Ice forms over a canyon stream bed at the Subway
Inexperienced hikers are encouraged to come with a friend who knows how to navigate nature as finding the path can be difficult
Hikers who wish to reach the Subway must travel at least 9 miles, including rappelling
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.
Once hikers reach the entrance they’ll be treated to a quarter mile of rarely seen beauty
Because of the canyon’s low route, the lighting filters gently down giving the algae a rich natural green
Lottery tickets for the Subway will only be given out between March and November when demand is at its peak
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. ***
Hikers must cross boulders, swim through deep waters, and cross creeks to reach the natural wonder
Sculpted slots and canyons can be found throughout the park but none as spectacular as the Subway
The canyon’s unique characteristics can almost make one feel as if they’re walking through a painting
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.
Because heavy snow melts and spring runoff sometimes forces the park to close the Subway to visitors
The park has restricted access to the canyon to groups smaller than 12 people
The Subway is carved between two peaks called the North and South Guardian Angels
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