The Narrows of Zion Canyon Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah 84767

The Narrows of Zion Canyon Zion National Park

The Narrows of Zion Canyon (Zion National Park) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Possibly the best-known hike in Zion National Park, this wading route follows the Virgin River through the spectacular Narrows of Zion Canyon.

Here, fluted walls rise for a thousand feet, crowding the waters into a narrow channel that twists and turns far beneath a thin slot of sky. Although the gradient of the hike is moderate, the near-constant wading over slippery boulders makes the hike a wearying undertaking."

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9/21/2018
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7/21/2018
This is one of those trails / experiences that defies adequate description. We hiked it (well, perhaps "sloshed it" is a better description) on 12 July 2018 under very favorable conditions. We were, however, monitoring precipitation conditions in the region because of the threat (and genuine danger) of flash floods. Our trek took us just over 3-1/2 hours upstream including a side hike on the right first fork. Sincerely suggest you add this to your list of must-do hikes. It is fabulous and other worldly insofar as the canyon textures, dizzying heights, serenity and pure wonder. Honestly, I felt a childish awe that I haven't for many years. Go, keep an eye on conditions, wear the proper foot gear, secure a solid walking stick and, most of all, prepare to be wowed!!. That trail left me virtually speechless at times.
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7/6/2018
Absolutely beautiful and offered a welcomed break from the heat! We hiked four hours upstream and then back going at a relatively slow pace. We did not take a hiking stick, and I would definitely recommend having one on hand as it’s very easy to lose your balance. Also, sturdy shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet are a must.
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8/1/2010
We did this hike on a hot august day. Perfect way to cool off. One of the most unique and spectacular hikes that I have experienced!
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8/27/2009
After several days of hiking in 100 degree weather we did the Narrows to beat the heat. We hiked from the bottom up and went for almost three hours before turning around. There is some awesome scenery along the way and the water was still in the 60 degree range. The depth of the water ranged from ankle deep to chest high with most being knee high. At the begining of the hike there were many people but they thinned out the farther up we went. I would recommend this hike to all who visit Zion. I would also recommend a hiking stick (not hiking pole) and renting the proper footwear at a local outdoor shop in Springdale. Eric and Karen
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8/15/2009
Very cool hike, especially for me, from the Northeast. Not very strenuous as there isn't much, if any, elevation gain, but the views in the slot canyons and the cool river waters are the best. Highly recommend renting the river hiking shoes and walking stick....they were invaluable.
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7/4/2009
Yep, we hit this trail on the 4th of July. The park was packed! At times there were so many people on the trail that I thought I had joined some type of mass exodus of biblical porportion. Other then the raw number of people making their way up the canyon the hike was great. You will definitely get wet on this hike. Take a couple of large zip-lock bags for storing valuables like your cell phone, wallet and keys. I would recommend sturdy water shoes and a trekking pole for stability and probing the bottom of the river. Even on the the 4th of July the river was running so murky that you couldn't see the bottom. Great hike! Have Fun!
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10/10/2008
The greatest hike of my life. The first two hours are underwhelming as you are outside of the canyon. But as you press on, the canyon walls begin to rise and you get the true narrows experience. We did it as a two-day hike and it was certainly exhausting. Make sure you have the appropriate footwear and poles. The campsites all seemed pretty good to me. There are many great surprises along the way. Enjoy!
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8/22/2008
This was the highlight of our Zion stay. We went up to the Angel's Landing (actually just to Scout's) in the morning and did the Narrows in the afternoon. Plenty of time to do both, even with an 11 year old girl. This was in late August with plenty of people hiking. The water level was low and did not go above the knees. Some people were swimming in the water to their heads. We kept on going till a fork where two rivers met. Make sure you have rubber soled sandals which have straps around the ankles or even better, snorkelling rubber soled slippers. My Birkenstock sandals fell apart and I ended up wearing my hiking shoes which was a ‘soggy’ experience. Moreover, a walking stick is highly recommended, especially for kids.
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8/1/2008
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Trail Information

Springdale
Nearby City
15.4
Distance
Point-to-Point
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
8-10 hours
Duration
June-July, September-October
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Zion National Park
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Dec 2018