Photos of the Wire Pass Narrows

After an easy half-hour walk from the Wire Pass Trailhead, one reaches the end of the sandy Wire Pass trail. At this point the trail enters the first of two Wire Pass Narrows, two fine examples of sandstone slot canyons. Formed by years of water erosion these slots are really narrow, in some places only about two feet wide. Here’s a look at a hiker squeezing through the narrowest point:

A hiker walking through the Wire Pass narrows.  This exceedingly narrow slot canyon, in some places only two feet wide, is formed by water erosion which cuts slots deep into the surrounding sandstone plateau, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

A hiker walking through the Wire Pass narrows. This exceedingly narrow slot canyon, in some places only two feet wide, is formed by water erosion which cuts slots deep into the surrounding sandstone plateau.
Image ID: 20715
Location: Wire Pass, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA

After emerging from the first narrows but before reaching the second set of narrows, the hiker finds a brief widening of the trail with some cool striations in the sandstone:

Sandstone formations.  Layers of sandstone are revealed by erosion in the Wire Pass narrows, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

Sandstone formations. Layers of sandstone are revealed by erosion in the Wire Pass narrows.
Image ID: 20731
Location: Wire Pass, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA

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