Uniquely Utah: Springdale’s labyrinth

Posted at 10:23 PM, Mar 30, 2014

With all the natural beauty of southern Utah, you might wonder why anyone would think it necessary or useful to add a man made object to the landscape.

I don't know much about the meaning or history of labyrinths. But I can tell you that walking the narrow pathway of the one up the hill from Flanigan's Inn does have an unexpected charm.

At the end of a short hike (less than 10 minutes) it forces you to slow down and take in the view from almost every direction as you walk in near-circles. You have to look down to keep from stumbling, you are compelled to look outward at the beauty all around you, and maybe, just maybe, you'll look inward while you're at it.

The labyrinth is just above the town of Springdale, not far from the entrance to Zion National Park. The folks at Flanigan's Inn or the Spotted Dog Cafe are happy to give directions.