After eating, we went to the visitors center and rode the shuttle all the way up to the last stop. There you can take the 2 mile Riverside walk further up the canyon. This walk is fairly level and is paved all the way. There are several hills, but nothing too hard.
As you can see in the picture below, the trail is wide and made of cement. I sure would not have wanted to be the guy who hauled all that concrete up to make the trail!
At one spot the trail narrowed and you went under an overhanging rock. Tall people do have to duck to make it through! You can also see a lot of decomposed sandstone (a very fine power) on the trail.
Alongside the trail, I came across this flower and both Carol and I took pictures of it. There are very few flowers in this part of the canyon. (I could count them on one hand) This is because the canyon walls are so tall and close to each other, that the sun doesn't reach down into the canyon very long each day. At some points, the canyon is only 50-70 feet wide and it gets even narrower further up beyond where the path ends.
This is the end of the trail. There is a nice landing with benches to rest on. If you want to go further into the "narrows," you must wade in the river because there is no space between the canyon walls that is not in the river!
Because of the high water flow, the Narrows is closed, so you must turn around at this point.
You can't see it too well, but the current here is very strong and trying to wade through it with the flow at this level is impossible. It would easily knock you over. As another sign says, people have died here trying to fight the current, especially when a flash flood happens.
This is the view back down the canyon from about the half way point. It is so serene with the noise of the water flowing.
After we finished the walk, we reboarded the shuttle and went to the Court of the Patriarchs. Carol's blog has the pics on that. It is about a 100 yard walk from the shuttle station up to a viewpoint, almost uphill the whole way. Several guys were really huffing and puffing as we passed them. Fortunately, for us, we didn't have any problem with the short climb.