Ranger Tim Knaus advises hiker Annie Kitchen, 34, of Phoenix that she and her companion are hiking on private land and must use the road until they reach BLM land. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SPRINGDALE, Utah — The two of them walked slowly in the middle of the ice-cold river, bundled in layers and using their walking sticks to probe the rocky bed for safe footing.

Annie Kitchen had wanted to do this hike for years. So had Rama Rauitalai.

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