Subway Pools


Original, lab-processed photograph of the Subway Pools with a metallic finish. All matted photographs are double matted using acid-free mats. Fine art plaques are ready-to-hang and come with everything needed to mount.

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Zion National Park, Utah, is known for its breath-taking scenery and views. Usually, this involves a sweeping expanse of mountain peaks, and with good reason. But Zion also holds some smaller secrets that can just as readily take your breath away. The Subway and the subway pools are one of those.

As the Virgin river flows through the park it wends its way through canyons of its own making. Sometimes, however, through a twist of geology, the river chose to carve almost tunnel through the rock, with the narrowest of gaps at the top preventing it from being a true tunnel. Although normally a quiet, timid river, when the floods come it roars to life and the river is capable of cutting its way through anything. The Subway is one of those passages. Featuring gentle, rounded walls, this small passageway, barely open to the sky, feels for all the world like a New York City subway tunnel. Of course, the New York City subway doesn’t have pools of emerald water, but still, the resemblance is there.

The river flows over the entire width of the tunnel, and is not even an inch deep. The Subway floor glistens and gleams as the water gently streams over it and the subway pools are continuously refreshed. It isn’t a big place, but it holds a power and a grace all its own.

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