Poverty Wash meets the Virgin River just above the Rock Obstacle in the Barracks. At the confluence there is likely to be just a trickle of water coming in from Poverty Wash and no real hint of the scenic canyon upstream.
After about 5 minutes of walking up the canyon one enters a nice portion where the streams flows over slickrock and forms a few small small pools.
In this section is looks as if the narrows may begin to form. But, soon after the walls begin to constrict, the canyon opens back up a bit instead.
Then, after another 5-10 minutes of walking, the canyon begins to narrow again and then abruptly transforms into a slot.
The slot is really scenic, though it doesn’t last very long. If the daylight is right, the colors are amazing as the sun bounces off the canyon’s upper red walls.
Once one passes through the darkest part of the narrows, he/she emerges into a small grotto. This is the end of the road where a small waterfall blocks further passage directly up the canyon.
Turn around and retrace your steps back down to the Virgin River.