Hiking The Narrows at Zion: What It’s Really Like! - Travel on the Reg (2022)

We didn’t make hiking The Narrows a priority until our second time at Zion National Park. We had a limited amount of time in the park that first time around, and the water levels were just way too high for us to get anywhere good.

We limited ourselves to a stroll down the Riverside Walk and pondered what could have been.

On our second trip, we decided we had to do the dang thing. We rented the gear and hit the Virgin River with quite a bit of gusto, finishing nearly 10 miles in about four hours.

Are you ready to tick the Zion Narrows hike off of your bucket list? Let me show you the way, complete with a run-down on what hiking The Narrows is really like.

Note: This guide will be focused on the bottom-up approach, by far the most popular way to see The Narrows, but I’ll include some tips on permitting and otherwise for the top-down option, as well.

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The Narrows in Zion National Park: FAQs

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What is The Narrows? The Narrows is the narrowest part of Zion Canyon in Utah’s Zion National Park. You’ll be getting your feet wet in the north fork of the Virgin River.

Fun fact :This is not the same Virgin River depicted in the Netflix show starring Alexandra Breckenridge. My mother has binged every season, which I imagine is the case for many mothers.

How many miles is The Narrows hike? The complete bottom-up Narrows hike is about 9.4 miles roundtrip. This doesn’t include the 2-mile roundtrip stroll along the Riverside Walk that you’ll need to tack onto your Narrows adventure.

That mileage reflects a hike all the way to Big Springs. We made it to the end of Wall Street for a total of just under 10 miles, including the Riverside Walk. Many hikers stop at the beginning of Wall Street for 6 miles in the water. There’s no shame in whatever you decide to do.

The top-down Narrows hike is 16 miles. Some aggressive individuals choose to complete this approach as a day hike. Others extend the river trek into a two-day backpacking trip.

No matter what you decide, if you want to have yourself an adventure of epic proportions, you’ll need a Wilderness Permit for the pleasure of doing so.

Fun fact: If you want to add canyoneering to your Zion exploits, the Orderville Canyon will have you rappelling in a land of slot canyons and dramatic gulches.

How long does it take to hike The Narrows? The National Park Service suggests giving yourself at least 6 hours if you’re hiking the full bottom-up Narrows hike.

We made it to the end of Wall Street and back in under 4 hours, so apparently, we were really zooming out there. That included a snack stop and numerous photo stops. I can definitely see how we could have made it 5 hours if we included an extended lunch.

If you’re taking the top-down approach — don’t forget that one is permit required — expect to spend anywhere from 10-14 hours in the river.

(Video) What we learned hiking the Narrows: Tips for First-Timers

Can a beginner hike The Narrows? A beginner can definitely hike The Narrows from the bottom-up. You don’t spend the entirety of the hike in the water, with the riverbank giving you a reprieve from that resistance you’ll feel in the river upstream about half the time you’re out there.

Is The Narrows hike hard? The Narrows hike is rated as hard by AllTrails and the National Park Service. If you’re hiking in the summer and early fall when the water levels drop, it becomes a more moderate hike.

The length of the hike puts some hikers off of The Narrows, but this is one that you can tweak to your liking and hiking level.

What is the best time of day to hike The Narrows? The morning is the best time of day to hike The Narrows. It never gets too hot in the canyon, even in the peak of summer, but you’ll contend with fewer crowds the earlier you start.

We got our feet into the river by about 7:40am, and I would recommend starting even earlier. The river was packed on the return, leading to some delays at river crossings.

Is hiking The Narrows worth it? Hiking The Narrows is absolutely worth it. In fact, it may just be one of the most incredible things you do.

Want more Zion hikes, by the way? I’ve got a guide for that:

21 Top Zion Hikes for Your Next Trip

Hiking the Narrows: The Logistics

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Let’s get into some additional logistics for hiking The Narrows, as this isn’t a hike that you can just do without any prep work.

I mean, I guess technically you can, but you definitely shouldn’t. It’s silly and unsafe.

How to Get to The Narrows Zion

Getting to The Narrows for a bottom-up hike is fairly easy. In the summer months, you can take the Zion Canyon Shuttle to stop 9, the Temple of Sinawava. You don’t need reservations to ride the shuttle. If you’re starting at the visitor center, it should only take about half an hour to get to your stop.

From there, you’ll have an easy mile walk along a mostly paved path. This is the Riverside Walk. You’ll know you’re at the end when you see folks wading into the Virgin River.

You’ll take the same shuttle back to the visitor center (or wherever you’re going next on your Zion adventure), but expect packed buses on your return trip.

If you’re hiking the top-down route, your journey will be more complicated. Assuming you’ve already reserved your permit, you’ll start your hike at the Chamberlain’s Ranch Trailhead, or the North Fork Trailhead.

Impressive hikers that have accomplished the 16-mile hike suggest you book a private shuttle to get you there the morning of your hike, especially if you’re trying to get it done in one day.

The reasoning is this: You’ll be finishing up the hike along with all of the less impressive hikers like myself at the Temple of Sinawava rather than where you started at the ranch. To make things even easier, park your car at the visitor center in the morning before getting on your private shuttle.

When to Hike The Narrows

I’ve already given you the scoop on the morning as your ideal time to get started on the trail, but let’s talk seasons.

The best time to hike The Narrows is in the summer and into early fall. The water levels will be just right, and the cool water will feel pretty great on even the hottest day.

That all said, there are forces at work here that you can’t control, even if you arrive in June expecting a great time in the Virgin River. Depending on the snow melt from the winter prior, the park service may shut down The Narrows until water levels lower to manageable hiking levels.

(Video) The Secret to Hiking the Zion Narrows

In 2019, the trail was closed from April 6 all the way up to June 22. Our own hike was on June 8, 2022. Time is a construct governed by Mother Nature.

Shutdowns can also happen if the risk of flash floods is likely. You’ll see a visual on the way to the river at the start of your hike that measures the risk of flash flood warnings that day. Generally, if the park service is allowing hikers in, you should feel pretty safe.

What to Wear to Hike The Narrows

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Deciding what to wear on The Narrows trail is part of the adventure. Bringing along the right hiking gear will ensure that your trek is comfortable, safe, and enjoyable.

Do you need a walking stick for The Narrows? You don’t need a walking stick for The Narrows, but it’s highly recommended.

I own a pair of excellent trekking poles that have done a great job on all kinds of elevation hikes over the years, but this isn’t that. Your best bet will be an actual stick. Any Zion outfitter near the park will include a wooden walking stick as part of their hiking packages.

On that note, the best advice I can offer for Narrows hiking gear is this:

Rent gear from an outfitter in Springdale.

We got the summer package from Zion Outfitter near the entrance to the park. That included a pair of canyoneering boots that offered more traction than any pair of hiking shoes I’ve ever owned, neoprene socks to keep your feet warm in the chilly water, and a walking stick.You can place your order online and pick up your gear the evening before your trek so that you’re ready to rock in the morning.

Can you hike The Narrows in water shoes? You can hike The Narrows in water shoes or any shoes that you please. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

The shoes to wear hiking The Narrows should offer you some grip that you just won’t get in water shoes, your Keds, or your bare feet. I’m not even being saucy with that last bit.

I saw a youth navigating the river in his bare feet, and I can only imagine what those foot pads looked like by the end.

A pair of waterproof hiking boots will probably work fine, but we loved the grip on our rental boots from Zion Outfitter. No, I don’t get any kind of kickback from them. I just really like the ease of not having to worry about blisters and soaked shoes, on top of feeling safer in footwear that gives me traction on those slick rocks I’ll be maneuvering.

Apart from footwear, I’ve got options for hiking shorts and moisture-wicking clothing in my hiking gear guide:

Gimme those hiking essentials!

Generally, jorts aren’t great, along with anything that will weigh you down in the water.

What to Pack for a Narrows Hike

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I’ll leave backpacking lists to the experts if you’re planning on a multi-day hike rather than one day on the bottom-up trail. For your day hike, in addition to the gear that’s already on your body and your trusty walking stick, bring along the following:

  • Daypack: We like our Osprey packs because they’re lightweight with enough compartments for everything we need. The water level was low enough that a waterproof pack wasn’t necessary. Use your judgment here.
  • Water: I only got through about half of my 1.5-liter water bladder, so I know I was probably dehydrated. I was likely worried about having to tinkle while in the river, which I did not do because I leave no trace.
  • Snacks: You’re working hard today. You want to fuel your adventure. We brought along a full lunch in our packs but didn’t get around to it. There was much jerky, though, along with a juicy peach that really hit at the end of Wall Street.
  • Sunscreen: I always apply sunscreen before a big hike. You’ll have a decent amount of shade thanks to the canyon, but you may need to reapply if you’re hiking later in the day.

Note: We really only took our phones out on dry land, but if you’re worried about dropping your smartphone into the Virgin River, you may want to invest in a waterproof case. You can also just stick it in a sealed sandwich baggie like a budget boss.

Tell me about the toxic algae.

The National Park Service monitors levels of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in the waters of Zion National Park, including the Virgin River. We were at a “Warning Advisory” level during our own hike, which has been quite common over the last few years when the weather gets hot.

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The risk-averse may be dissuaded from hiking The Narrows due to the threat from these toxic blooms. Possible health effects range from skin rash to abdominal pain to kidney damage, so I’m not going to keep things too light here.

That said, the warnings online and at the mouth of the Virgin River didn’t keep us from our Narrows Zion hike, as we knew about precautions to take ahead of our trek:

  • Don’t drink the water. I hate to sound too obvious here, but drinking harmful toxins is the best way to fall ill from those harmful toxins. Don’t rely on the water filter thing you got from REI, either. Bring along your own filtered water and plenty of it.
  • Don’t dunk your head in the water. These toxins can enter the body through your mouth, eyes, and nose. If you’re feeling hot at any point during your hike and that sounds all kinds of refreshing, suck it up.
  • Reconsider travel if it just rained. The risk of exposure to cyanotoxins increases during and after rainstorms. The park service may shut the hike down anyway after a precipitation event due to the water levels, but it’s still important to note.
  • Reconsider travel if you’re dealing with open wounds. The toxins can also enter your body through open wounds. I’m not talking about the odd paper cut, but if you have a giant gash in your leg from a recent biking accident it’s probably best you tend to that, first.
  • Keep pets away from the river water. Fido can’t come along on your Narrows hike, but there are dog-friendly trails and off-leash paths along Zion’s waterways. Kimmy’s visit to the George Barker River Park was very well-monitored, as obviously the first thing she wanted to do was drink the water.

The Narrows Zion Hike: What’s it Really Like?

This hike is well-documented on social media and in the minds of friends and family who have done it before you. I’m still going to go ahead and add my own thoughts here, as not everything I’ve read includes the goods as I see fit to share them.

So what’s it like hiking The Narrows in Zion?

The water level varies A LOT.

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On our summer Narrows hike, we hiked through water that was ankle-deep, water that hit our shins, and water that nearly hit our waists. I’ll call that last bit “crotch-deep.”

The water levels vary so much from day to day that it’s impossible to predict what you’ll contend with on your own hike based on reviews you read online alone. Don’t trust recent reviews on AllTrails or what you heard on social media.

If you want to know how challenging water levels will make your hike, pay attention to the water flow rates.

Water flow rates vary A LOT.

The water flow rates at The Narrows are something you can actually prepare for thanks to monitoring from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to excess snow melt, the park service may also shut things down if the flow rates are above 150 cubic feet per second.

I’ll be honest. I don’t know if I know what this means.

I do know that on our hiking day, the flow rate was 39 cubic feet per second. This is considered a pretty easy day as far as the current is concerned. We felt some pull in more rapid sections of the river, but at no point did I feel like I’d be swept away.

The higher the number, the more resistance you’ll feel against your legs, and the harder your hike will be. The visitor center posts water flow rates daily as well if you forget to check online before your trek.

You’ll spend more time on land than you think.

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I assumed we’d be in the water for the vast majority of our hike, but that wasn’t the case. I’d almost say it was 50/50 as far as time on the riverbanks and time in the Virgin River.

When you see dry land, go for it. You’ll likely avoid the deepest water and give your legs a break from the water resistance.Take advantage of larger swaths of land for snack time or a picnic lunch.

This hike gets thick with humans.

If you start early enough, you should find quite a bit of solitude on your Narrows hike, especially if you’re hiking beyond about a mile. If you’re with a fairly speedy hiker like Brian, you’ll gain some natural distance in between groups, too.

Your return trip will likely be a different story.

Sometime around 10am, what seemed to be the majority of Zion National Park decided to start their trek through the Virgin River. I’m talking large family groups, packs of wild youths, and ladies in floppy hats.

You may have to wait in line to pass through narrow areas of the riverbank and deal with speed bumps taking photos at natural river crossings. Exercise patience and try to appreciate where you are, no matter how annoyed you feel. If you started early enough, you hopefully had a less crowded experience on the way in.

The highlights are impressive.

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(Video) The Narrows Ultimate Casual Hikers Guide. Zion Canyon National Park, Utah.

Expect to be amazed as you hike in and along the Virgin River. Here are a few Narrows attractions you should expect along the way on a bottom-up hike:

  • Mystery Falls: It may just be a trickle in the summertime, but the 110-foot Mystery Falls is still a delight as you kick things off on your Narrows hiking adventure.
  • Veiled Falls: This baby waterfall requires a spur trail off of the main river trail. It isn’t the most impressive site, so if you’re short on time, you can continue on for the real goods.
  • Wall Street: Most turn back at the start of Wall Street, the narrowest part of the river, or at the end. I urge you to continue after you reach the fork where Wall Street begins, just past the Grotto Alcove. The endpoint is a log blocking part of your way, with fern-covered canyon walls on either side.
  • Floating Rock: This 45-foot boulder signals that you’re entering the thick of it along Wall Street. Take your photo next to it just like Brian did for some perspective on how small you actually are in this magical place.
  • Big Springs: If you make it all the way to the end of the bottom-up Narrows hike, you’ll turn around at Big Springs. Beyond that point, you need a Wilderness permit.

You’ll see some silliness.

I’m not even talking about that barefooted kid here, although that seemed pretty darn silly. You’ll encounter young people high-stepping it aggressively enough that they splash everyone in their path. You’ll see people in waist-deep water out of stubbornness alone. Or they might be peeing.

Actually, he was probably peeing.

If you need to go number two, by the way, Leave No Trace principles apply. You’ll need to pack your sh*t out in a baggie as you would for Fido back at your hotel.

Along the way, you may also wonderhow many kids break limbs from climbing the mammoth rocks along the river. The park service says leg fractures are the most common injuries here, by the way.

The views are astonishing.

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I’m just not sure if I want to hike The Narrows again. Hear me out. The views of those narrowing canyon walls are astonishing the first time you see them. The hike would definitely still be all kinds of fun the second time around, but I think I’d be missing some of the wonders of my first hike through.

If you ask nicely, I’ll come along with you, though.

Have you been on The Narrows hike? Were you as impressed as I was? Do you have any tips for hiking The Narrows? Share your experience with me in the comments!

Ready for Zion National Park?

Your Flight:I use a variety of tools to find cheap airfare, but if you’re looking to book during a particular period of time, especially during busy times (e.g. summertime, school breaks), you should useSkyscanner.

To get to Zion, you’ll likely fly into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Salt Lake City International Airport is the next closest airport. From there, rent a car to get yourself the rest of the way. You can manage using available shuttles once you’re in Springdale, but you’ll need to get to the Utah town, first. Use an aggregator like Priceline or Hotwire for the best deals on car rentals.

Your Accommodations:When booking accommodations, more often than not I start withBooking.com. They have a loyalty program I like. From there, I’ll typically cross-check withHotels.com.

Vrbohas become my preferred Airbnb alternative. Seeking even more wallet-friendly accommodations? TryHostelworld. Their picks are heavily vetted and reviewed to offer you a safe experience on a budget.

For Zion, Springdale offers the closest accommodations for access to the park. You can literally walk to Zion National Park from Springdale, or take the Springdale Shuttle. Here are a few options from Booking.com, including the Holiday Inn, or pick during our first trip:

If you’re seeking something homey, here are a few more Springdale options from Vrbo:

We stayed in La Verkin on our second trip. I can’t recall now whether the La Quinta in Springdale we wanted to stay at was sold out or way too expensive, but we didn’t book too far out to disprove either of those theories.

Why La Quinta? We were seeking something dog-friendly, and La Quinta is often our top pick. They don’t usually do pet fees and you can leave your pups unattended while you hike.

In any case, we found one nearby in La Verkin. Here are a few options from Booking.com for La Verkin, including the La Quinta that we’d highly recommend:

Here are a few more options from Vrbo:

Etc.:For general travel goodies outside of hiking gear, visit myFavorite Thingspage. For more information on planning your travel, visit myTravel Toolspage.

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FAQs

Is the Narrows in Zion a hard hike? ›

The hike is still strenuous, but it does not require a permit or additional transportation. You can always hike up The Narrows for an hour or so, before turning around and heading back. This is a great chance to still see the canyon narrow and experience this iconic hike but in an easier version.

Is hiking the Narrows worth it? ›

Even a short hike in The Narrows is worth it. If you love bold geology, have a sense of adventure, and don't mind getting wet, The Narrows will likely be the highlight of your trip.

What's unusual about hiking the Narrows in Zion? ›

One of our more popular hikes visitors come to enjoy is the unique Narrows, a hike in a canyon that in places is only 20-30 feet wide, and 2000 feet deep. However, unlike most hikes, taking on the Narrows means actually traveling upstream through the Virgin River on uneven, slippery, and rocky river boulders.

Is the Narrows an easy hike? ›

Snowfall or heavy rains may also make the dirt road to Chamberlain's Ranch impassible. The difficulty of hiking the Zion Narrows is greatly affected by water flow. A flow below 50cfs indicates relatively easy hiking conditions while flow above 100cfs can be difficult and dangerous.

Are there snakes in The Narrows? ›

There aren't water snakes in Utah. Occasionally rattlesnakes or garter snakes will swim, but they'll most likely avoid the narrows where there's not enough sun and too many people. I did the narrows in June a few years ago and didn't see any snakes the whole trip.

Can you swim in The Narrows? ›

Water Depth and Dry Bags

Water levels in the Virgin River Narrows, even when the CFS of the river is low, can range from ankle deep to full swims. Most of the time the river is ankle to knee deep, but all top-down hikers should be prepared for deep sections where swimming is required.

What shoes do you wear in The Narrows? ›

Closed-toe shoes — sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes with excellent ankle support are essential for this hike. Hiking in the river is challenging, and it's easy to roll an ankle or smash a toe. Sandals or other open-toe shoes will not protect your toes from getting crushed between the rocks as your feet slide around.

Can you hike The Narrows without getting wet? ›

You will get wet on The Narrows hike, and it's best if your clothing can dry quickly. During hot weather, I recommend wearing shorts made of a quick-drying fabric. In chilly weather, dry pants are recommended.

Do you need a walking stick for The Narrows? ›

You don't need a permit.

If you're a first-timer or have only a few hours to spend in Zion, the best way to experience The Narrows is to take the hike bottom-up.

What is the best time of day to hike The Narrows? ›

The morning is the best time of day to hike the Narrows if you plan on doing the whole trail. If you are only looking to do a small portion of the Narrows, then we recommend visiting in the late afternoon when it has warmed up a bit.

Can I hike The Narrows in crocs? ›

-Crocs, flip flops and low-profile shoes are not your friend on this hike. You should have proper footwear to give strong ankle support (breaking your ankle in there would not be enjoyable) and shoes that offer protection of your toes and feet.

What to expect hiking The Narrows? ›

You can expect to see waterfalls, hanging vegetation, and beautiful multicolored rock. There are two ways to hike the Narrows. You can either explore from the bottom up as a day hike, or from the top down which requires a permit and encompasses the whole 16 miles.

Are there grizzly bears in Zion National Park? ›

' Summer sightings in Zion, tips for safe encounters. ZION NATIONAL PARK – Considered the most dangerous of Zion National Park's inhabitants, bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes are rarely seen.

Are there tarantulas in Zion National Park? ›

Tarantulas are rarely seen in Zion—they are nocturnal and spend most of their time in underground burrows--but sightings are most common on park roads in late summer and fall, when the males are out cruising for females.

What do u do if u get bit by a rattlesnake? ›

Stay calm • Call Dispatch via radio or 911 • Wash the bite area gently with soap and water if available • Remove watches, rings, etc., which may constrict swelling • Immobilize the affected area • Keep the bite below the heart if possible • Transport safely to the nearest medical facility immediately.

What socks for hiking the Narrows? ›

Neoprene Socks are used when hiking and canyoneering in water and are designed to keep your feet warm and prevent keep sand and rocks from abrading your feet. These are used for hikes like the Zion Narrows, The Subway, and technical canyoneering routes with water.

How do you survive a flash flood in the Narrows? ›

If you are caught in a flood:

If you can move out of moving water, you are more likely to survive. Try to grab and hold onto something sturdy to keep going downstream. Go over not under objects. It's better to break an ankle than your skull, so point your feet downstream.

How cold is the water at the Narrows? ›

Please note: These are general guidelines based on today's average water temperature of 56°F in The Narrows.

Do I need a dry bag for the Narrows? ›

So, what do you need to hike The Narrows in Zion? Hiking boots, neoprene socks, trekking poles, water-resistant outdoor pants, UPF long-sleeve shirts, and dry bags are some of the essentials.

How should I dress for the Narrows hike? ›

Zion Narrows
  1. Capris, zip-off pants, yoga pants, or lightweight hiking shorts, board shorts - No jeans, No Cotton.
  2. Light rain jacket.
  3. Light fleece top for cool mornings.

How far should I hike the Narrows? ›

Suitable for most hikers, the Narrows Bottom-Up hike can be as much as a 10-mile round-trip or as little as the 2-mile round-trip of the paved Riverside Walk. To see Wall Street, hikers must travel a minimum of 6 miles round-trip, 4 miles of which is in and along the Virgin River.

How cold is the water in The Narrows Zion? ›

Here's a general overview of water temps across the seasons: Winter = 40-45 degrees. Spring = 45-55 degrees. Summer = 55-65 degrees.

Are there fish in The Narrows Zion? ›

The four native species of fish to Zion are the Virgin River Spinedace, the Speckled Dace, the Flannelmouth Sucker and the Desert Sucker. “These fish have adapted to this environment and are generally small, which is important, because large floods each year occur on this river.

Are narrows hard? ›

Not very difficult, unless you want to hike the entire trail length for an all-day adventure. How many miles is the Narrows hike? 16 miles total if you hike top-down, but most people just hike in 1-3 miles bottom-up and turn around and come back, considering you have to hike out whatever you hike in.

Should I hike the Narrows in the morning or afternoon? ›

The morning is the best time to hike the Narrows to avoid crowds which arrive from 9 – 10am. By late afternoon people start leaving too, so you may enjoy a quieter walk.

How long is the Narrows hike bottom up? ›

The above information is for the out and back hike up the Virgin River Narrows from the bottom, which can be almost 10 miles round-trip in length. Visitors who plan to hike top-down, 16 miles, through the Virgin River Narrows will need a Wilderness Permit.

What kind of shoes for hiking The Narrows? ›

You'll be walking over a lot of slippery rocks. People may have different opinions, but personally, I would wear non-leather quick-dry hiking boots with ankle support and neoprene socks. The boots will be ruined by hiking in the water, so don't buy new ones if you can help it.

Can you do The Narrows in chacos? ›

Yes, it can be done!

Do you need hiking shoes for Zion? ›

When preparing to hike the non-strenuous trails in Zion National Park, it's recommended to bring adequate footwear. Something like trail runners is best but quality sneakers should be sufficient. Open-toed shoes of any kind should be left at home. However, hiking sandals are fine for the leisurely hikes in the park.

How long does it take to hike the Narrows in Zion? ›

Hiking the Narrows top-down in one day is no easy feat. You need to be fit and fast in order to do this. The average amount of time to hike the Narrows from the top-down is 10 to 13 hours, but it takes most people 12 hours, once you factor in time for rest breaks, photos, and meals. A permit is necessary.

How long is the hike through the Narrows? ›

Suitable for most hikers, the Narrows Bottom-Up hike can be as much as a 10-mile round-trip or as little as the 2-mile round-trip of the paved Riverside Walk. To see Wall Street, hikers must travel a minimum of 6 miles round-trip, 4 miles of which is in and along the Virgin River.

How long does it take to hike narrows top-down? ›

The Zion Narrows top-down route is a strenuous 18-mile backpacking route. Alternatively, fast and fit hikers can do this route as a long day hike (10-13 hours to complete).

How long is the Narrows hike Zion bottom up? ›

The above information is for the out and back hike up the Virgin River Narrows from the bottom, which can be almost 10 miles round-trip in length. Visitors who plan to hike top-down, 16 miles, through the Virgin River Narrows will need a Wilderness Permit.

Are narrows hard? ›

Not very difficult, unless you want to hike the entire trail length for an all-day adventure. How many miles is the Narrows hike? 16 miles total if you hike top-down, but most people just hike in 1-3 miles bottom-up and turn around and come back, considering you have to hike out whatever you hike in.

What shoes to wear when hiking The Narrows? ›

Closed-toe shoes — sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes with excellent ankle support are essential for this hike. Hiking in the river is challenging, and it's easy to roll an ankle or smash a toe. Sandals or other open-toe shoes will not protect your toes from getting crushed between the rocks as your feet slide around.

What to expect when hiking the Narrows? ›

You can expect to see waterfalls, hanging vegetation, and beautiful multicolored rock. There are two ways to hike the Narrows. You can either explore from the bottom up as a day hike, or from the top down which requires a permit and encompasses the whole 16 miles.

What is the best time of year to hike the Narrows? ›

Summer: Summer is an ideal season to visit the Narrows. The temperature of the air and the water is warm and the days are long. Shuttles run until around 9 p.m., giving you plenty of time to complete the top-down hike in one day. However, keep in mind that summer is the most popular season.

What gear do you need to hike the Narrows in Zion? ›

Zion Narrows
  1. Capris, zip-off pants, yoga pants, or lightweight hiking shorts, board shorts - No jeans, No Cotton.
  2. Light rain jacket.
  3. Light fleece top for cool mornings.

Can you backpack the Narrows? ›

Sixteen mile trips through the Virgin River Narrows, from Chamberlain's Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava, can be done as a very long single-day hiking trip, or as a single overnight backpacking trip. Multi-night backpacking trips through the Virgin River Narrows are not permitted.

How do I get my Narrows top down? ›

Trailhead. The Narrows top-down starts at Chamberlain Ranch, located on the eastern edge of Zion National Park. It's a 1.5-hour drive from the Temple of Sinawava, where The Narrows ends. To get there drive 2.4 miles east of Zion's East Entrance Station, then turn left onto North Fork County Road.

Where do I start the Narrows hike? ›

The starting point is the Temple of Sinawava. You'll need to ride the shuttle into Zion Canyon, to Temple of Sinawava, and that takes about 45 minutes during the summer season.

Can you hike The Narrows without getting wet? ›

You will get wet on The Narrows hike, and it's best if your clothing can dry quickly. During hot weather, I recommend wearing shorts made of a quick-drying fabric. In chilly weather, dry pants are recommended.

What is the water temperature in The Narrows Zion? ›

Please note: These are general guidelines based on today's average water temperature of 56°F in The Narrows.

Is it safe to hike The Narrows? ›

The Narrows and Keyhole Canyon

While not dangerous on a normal, dry day, they can become deadly in only a matter of seconds if it begins to rain. Flash floods can fill the canyons, washing hikers and debris downstream and making it almost impossible to escape.

We also hadn’t been able to hike the Narrows in Zion National Park, one of the main attractions in this favorite of the U.S. park system.. Little did I know that I would be back to hike the Narrows solo, leaving my husband behind to watch the kids.. On a brisk Saturday morning in February, about twenty of us gathered at Zion Adventure Company to grab our reserved dry suits, socks and boots that we would use to hike into the Zion Narrows.. I was fulfilling a dream to do the Narrows hike in Zion National Park much sooner than I ever anticipated.. In order to day hike the Narrows from the bottom up, you have to take the Zion National Park tram to the Temple of Sinawava, which is the end of the line.. This is where the Zion Narrows day hike begins, not that anything is really marked once you actually get into the river.. When you are hiking the Narrows from the bottom up, (you can also do a longer top down hike along the Virgin river) the canyon slips into two sections—“Wall Street,” which is longer, and Orderville Canyon, which is shorter.. Winter might not be the go-to time people think to hike in the Narrows of Zion National Park, but they should.

How much do you want to hike?. Also, it takes 40-45 minutes to get to the Narrows shuttle stop via the shuttle bus from the Zion Visitor’s Center located at the entrance of the park.. Plan for at least 4-6 hours to hike the Narrows in total (= shuttle time + Riverside Trail to reach the Narrows + time hiking in the Narrows to Wall Street and back) .. Map of Zion Narrows hike (bottom-up) | via Zion Guru ⚠️ Zion National Park is discontinuing the temporary shuttle ticket system for Zion Canyon.. The “Not Yet Released” tickets go live at 9 AM Mountain Time the day before the date of travel.. You are hiking, after all!. You are walking in the water 90% of the time over small and large rocks and it would be easy to stub a toe or slip.. You’ll hike both in the water and on the dry rock bed that skirts part of the canyon walls.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park is most likely on your bucket list, and for a good reason.. Here is the guide on how to hike the Narrows in Zion.. The Narrows In Zion National Park requires hiking in the river almost all the way.. The Narrows is essentially a slot canyon, the narrowest section of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, situated on the North Fork of the Virgin River, upstream of the main canyon.. Hiking The Narrows in Zion is one of a kind experience.. Hiking the Narrows for beginners – Bottom-Up hike and back Unlike the Grand Canyon, where you stand on the rim and look down, Zion Canyon is usually viewed from the bottom looking up.. Hiking the Narrows for experienced hikers – Through-hike If you are looking for a challenge, hike the entire Narrows from top to bottom, from Chamberlain Ranch down to Temple of Sinawava .. The Narrows refers to both the 3.6-mile (5.8 km) Bottom-Up hike from the Temple of Sinawava to Big Springs , as well as the 16-mile (26 km) Top-Down Hike from Chamberlain’s Ranch back to the Temple of Sinawava .. You can hike the Narrows without renting any equipment, but you need good hiking boots for sure.. Zion Mountain Ranch You will find plenty of great places to stay when visiting Zion National Park, but let me recommend one of my favorite ones, Zion Mountain Ranch .. The hotel is ideally situated just outside of Zion National Park and is tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon.. Best things to do in Zion National Park The Ultimate Itinerary for Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park 23 Reason to Visit America Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park Mount Tammany – The best hiking in New Jersey 9 Best things to do in Death Valley

If I had to choose one experience as a “must” for Zion National Park, then hiking The Narrows would have to be it.. My top 10 tips for hiking The Narrows at Zion National park will tell you how to get there, what to bring, and more!. In choosing a time to hike The Narrows, keep in mind that Zion can get absolutely sweltering in the summer, and while the water is indeed refreshing, storms up the risk for flash floods.. In order to hike The Narrows with ease, I highly recommend bringing along a pair of sturdy closed-toe water shoes with excellent grip, a waterproof bag for all of your day-hike stuff, and a pair of wooden hiking poles.. The flow rate and water level of The Narrows will be posted near the entrance to Zion National Park, so if you plan on hiking this, then either check there or look online beforehand.. Given that hiking The Narrows can be a long, strenuous endeavor, I recommend finding accommodation not too far from Zion National Park, if not inside the park itself.. The whole point of hiking The Narrows is to hike in a river, and SURPRISE — you’re going to get wet.. The Narrows is easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in the world, not to mention one of the most memorable hiking experiences, and the moments when I took a beat to breathe in the fresh air, feel the water rushing around me, and express gratitude for being able to hike with my #1 brother are the moments that stick with me the most.

The Narrows Zion National Park. The rangers will not issue permits if the flow is above 120 cfs.. The next morning, I had to be at Zion Adventures an hour before my shuttle ride departure time so that I had plenty of time to pick up my rented gear and rearrange my backpack.. Once on the way, it took about two hours to drive to the trailhead, most of that time spent on a dirt road.. The river flow here was probably half of the 67 cfs so I decided not to put on my wet suit or canyoneering boots.. I had to decide whether to swim a deep hole or try to climb over the logjam.. I wanted to get to camp around four in the afternoon.. Camp 5 The Narrows Zion National Park. When I arrived at the end of the river hike, I still had a mile to go on a paved trail to get to where I caught the shuttle bus to get back to the Visitors’ Center.. If you are going to try this hike yourself, remember that this is a different canyon at different water flows.. By the way, Orderville Canyon is a popular, easy yet technical slot canyon that runs into Zion Narrows and takes only a day from start to finish.

We hiked the Narrows from the top-down as a day hike in October 2018.. There are a lot of things to think about when hiking a river, such as water flow rates, permits, flash flood potential, special gear, and the challenge of walking for many miles.. One more mile of walking on the Riverside Walk gets you to the finish line of the hike, the Temple of Sinawava. As a day hike It’s not easy to hike the top-down of the Narrows in one day.. Hiking the Zion Narrows from the Top-DownHiking Stats Distance: 16 miles Elevation Loss: 1500 Feet Difficulty: Strenuous Length of Time: 10 13 hours average. What Is It Like to Hike the Narrows Top-Down as a Day Hike?. On October 29 we hiked the Zion Narrows.. If you plan to hike the Zion Narrows top-down as a day hike, you need to be in great physical shape.. Air and water temperatures are warm, the days are long, and shuttle service runs until roughly 9 pm at night, giving you plenty of time to hike from the top-down as a day hike.. It’s the best time to hike the narrows In my opinion, September and October are the best months to hike the Zion Narrows.. We started the hike with 5 other people and all of them did the hike in two days.. You can reserve your permit for the hike You can make your reservation on the National Park Service website.. If you’re new to hiking or curious about what to bring on a hike, check out our Hiking gear guide.. If you hike with a GPS, dont expect it to work well in the Narrows We hike with a gps, but they don’t work well in slot canyons.

Welcome to my article on hiking The Narrows at Zion National Park.. People loved it and started asking me to decorate their homes.. My passion for travel started after high school.. We were able to secure tickets for our second day the night before.. The next day we headed into the park to catch our 8am trolley.. We headed to Angels Landing and spent four hours hiking to the top and back.. The terrain was a bit slippery but we rented wooden walking sticks which turned out to be a god-send!. We were lucky enough to find ourselves alone (for very short periods of time) and we strategically used that time to snap some photos!. Between the current and the rocks, the walking stick kept me from falling multiple times.. They were difficult to get and we saw a few disappointed people at the park’s entrance who weren’t able to secure tickets.

Beginners can absolutely do the Zion narrows day hike, and this guide has all of the tips you need to know if you’re hiking the Narrows at Zion for the very first time.. And if you’re looking to do some more hiking while you’re visiting Zion, you’ll also love these 5 short trails in Zion National Park that are perfect as day hikes, too.. Yes, beginner hikers can absolutely do the Zion Narrows day hike!. Read on for my guide on everything to expect as a beginner hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park!. On the other hand, the Narrows is a moderate hike because it’s a unique experience that requires good balance and some specific equipment.. If you’re a beginner hiking the Narrows, it is important to be sure to check the conditions for the hike ahead of time.. If you hike the Narrows from the Bottom Up (more on that below), the Narrows hike will take as long as you want it to!. If you’re a beginner, I recommend that you plan to hike the Narrows from the Bottom Up for a few reasons.. If you’re looking for tips for hiking the Narrows as a beginner, it is important to know that you’ll need specific equipment.. Don’t forget to read my complete guide on things to pack for Zion National Park !. In general, I recommend wearing warmer layers that you can take off and put back on if you need to.. When I hiked the Narrows bottom up, I did it during the spring, when water levels at the Virgin River were relatively high.

Check out our guide to find out how, when, and why to hike the Zion Narrows.. At times the walls of the Narrows are only 20 to 30 feet apart.Famous hike in the Narrows, Virgin river, Zion Canyon National Park, Utah, USA (Photo: Matteo Colombo/Moment via Getty Images). A couple miles later, at mile 8.6, Deep Creek joins the Virgin River, and the water level rises.. Reservations are required for both dayhikes and backpacking in the narrows, and backpacking also requires a wilderness permit.. Check the forecast for several days around your trip as well as during your planned hike, and don’t just check the weather in the canyon itself–runoff from upstream catchments can cause a flood just as easily.. If you see thunderclouds building overhead, even without any of those flood signs, find your way to high ground or out of the canyon as soon as possible.

Hiking Zion’s Narrows. As you maneuver through the chilly Virgin River, carefully navigating your feet onto the most stable river stones, leaning on your newly found walking stick, you almost forget to look up.. By far the most popular hike in the park, The Narrows in Utah’s Zion National Park is a sandstone slot canyon that has been carved out by the Virgin River over the last million years.. The small and shallow Virgin River is not as mighty as the Mississippi or the Colorado but over time is has managed to carve out some of the most beautiful canyons in Zion thanks to the composition of the sandstone.. The Narrows is a great day hike for the hot summer months but can become closed in the winter months due to the high frequency of flash floods.. From top down the canyon is a 16 mile hike which is possible in one day but requires a backpacking permit for any overnight trips in the canyon.. Zion National Park does not allow personal vehicles in most of the park in effort to help reduce pollution.. The Narrows trailhead is the last stop on the free shuttle bus at the Temple of Sinawava and is about a 35 minute ride from the campground or park entrance.. If you are not staying in the park be sure to get there early to get parking due to the fact it fills up fast, even outside the park in the town of Springdale.. *Hint-If you can find a spot in the park at the Virgin River Bridge you can get on at the Zion Canyon Junction bus stop this will give you the shortest but most scenic shuttle ride.. Be aware hiking the entire canyon from top-down in one day is a very serious and strenuous hike.. Start before day break at Chamberlains Ranch on the north side of the park, over an hour drive from the Zion Canyon.. Most of the hike is in the Virgin River which is somewhat chilly but not freezing.. There are places like Zion Outfitters that will rent you the entire outfit with waterproof shoes and a walking stick.. Posted in camping , Day hikes , hiking , the narrows , zion national park Tagged backpacking , camp , campground , camping , explore , falls , hike , hiking , Narrows , natioanl , park , river , the narrows , trails , travel , utah , virgin , virgin river , water , waterfalls , zion , zion national park

Summer tends to be busiest season, when the water in the narrows is not so frigid and the soaring outside temps warrant a trip to the cool canyon.. The leaves were hues of golden yellow, the air was crisp, the water a bit chilly but the conditions were perfect for a hike in the Narrows.. Starting the hike upstream to the Narrows via the bottom up routeWalking in water upstream can take quite a bit of effort.. The canyon walls keep getting higher and narrower.. The overhanging canyon walls signal the entrance into the Wall Street section Wall Street is intimidating, breathtaking and a true work of art.. Next time I do the Narrows, I want to venture into the depths of the Orderville, a narrower and more technical sister canyon to The Narrows.. My favorite photo I captured in the Wall Street section .It’s obviously no secret why this hike is among the most popular in Zion National Park, or why this hike is now at the top of my list of favorites.. Posted in In Utah , Trail Tales , Utah Tagged #beoutdoors , adventure , Autumn , canyon , Canyoneering , Fall Hikes , Hike Utah , hiking , moderate , Narrows , National Parks , photography , River , The Narrows , Utah , waterfalls , zion , zion adventure company

Today we will discover a very special hike, one of the most famous and adventurous in the area called The Narrows, a route that takes place in the Virgin River in the narrowest, darkest and most scenic area in all of Zion Canyon .. Since most of the way you walk in the river, The Narrows hike is not for everyone and requires careful planning.. TrailheadThe first part of the hike takes place along the Riverside Walk , a very easy flat path that follows the course of the river until you arrive at a point where you must continue in the water.. Though you may be filled with fear and awe by the heights of the rock walls, you will keep walking and reach the junction with Imlay Canyon and then continue to Big Springs (5 miles one way), but few reach this point, because the level of difficulty increases and there are some points where the course of the river is hindered by large boulders that force you to look for an easier way to continue.. As soon as you get to Zion National Park, ask the rangers about the feasibility of the hike, because even in summer , which is one of the best times of the year for this hike, it might be inadvisable to walk in the river because of the risk of sudden flash floods due to summer storms.. The best period to hike the Narrows remains, in my opinion, the fall , from September to the first half of October, but the summer months (from the second half of May to August) are also ideal, because of the pleasant temperature of the water, even though there is still the risk of flooding .. In the summer, you can easily wear shorts , a pair of sturdy and resistant hiking boots and walking sticks, but you must bring a sweatshirt or an anorak to shield yourself from the cold winds in the narrowest parts of the canyon.

The Narrows hiking trail in Zion National Park is one of America’s most iconic walks and is located along the narrowest section of Zion Canyon.. However, if these options seem a bit too time-consuming or physically challenging, then there are many other easy options for hiking The Narrows Zion National Park.. Because of this, we were only able to walk about 2.5 miles upstream—or about three hours roundtrip.Kicking off our trip at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center!. At one point, the water was up to our chests.We’re hiking The Narrows Zion National Park!. Zion National Park had recently reopened during our visit and for that reason, the shuttle service was not operating.. Therefore, these are the three best options for hiking The Narrows Zion National Park.. Riverside Walk – 2.2 miles The Narrows via Riverside Walk – 9.4 miles Freestyle Walk The Narrows – ?. On the way back from the Gateway to The Narrows, we spotted a mule deer here at dusk!The walk ends upstream at “The Gateway to The Narrows,” a section of the canyon that is so constricting that hikers must cross the river to continue up the Virgin River.You must respect the Virgin River.. Hiking The Narrows via the Riverside Walk is the most popular option for visitors who dream of visiting the iconic spots along The Narrows.. This hike will take the average person about seven to eight hours to complete, as traversing through the river is slippery and rough, in fast-flowing cold water.. There are beautiful spots all along the Virgin River!You can turn back at any time.. Our first step into the water was a bit shocking—it was pretty darn cold.At some points along the hike, the water nearly reached our chests!. If rain is in the forecast, walking past The Gateway to The Narrows is extremely foolish, as the risk of flash floods increases dramatically.. This should come as no surprise considering walkers are hiking between 2,000 feet of canyon walls.. Walking The Narrows Zion National Park up the Virgin River feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Here, you will find sheer cliff walls, narrow canyons, enormous waterfalls, beautiful flower beds, and wild rivers flowing along the canyon floor.. Zion National Park offers over 40 moderate hikes great for all levels, and The Narrows is one of them, the most iconic one.. The Narrows.. You will start from the Temple of Sinawava and Riverside Walk and walk for about 7 miles before arriving at the famous Wall Street section of the canyon surrounded by towering walls.. It starts at Chamberlain’s Ranch, 1.5 hours from the visitor center, and ends at the Riverside Walk.. Some say that it is even better than Zion Canyon.. Zion Canyon National Park boasts over 40 moderate hikes great for all ages and levels, from Observation Trail, Canyon Overlook to Watchman Trail, and more.. High canyon walls and water create cooler conditions, so bring an extra layer .. If there is too much water, the hike will be closed.. So, be sure to bring your own water.

Disclaimer: This post addresses things you need to know if you’re wanting to hike The Narrows during the winter, so some of the information might be a bit different if you’re going a different time of year.. Personally, I think this is the best time to go though because it’s not too hot, you don’t have to deal with the crazy summer crowds, and there’s less risk of the trail being closed than there is in April or May when the snow melt and spring rains present a higher chance of flash floods (flash floods in the canyon are very dangerous and if there’s any chance of one happening, the hike will be closed—so I’d suggest keeping an eye on the weather as your trip approaches and having a backup plan in mind as far as other hikes you’d like to do instead).. Without further ado, here it is—everything you need to know when planning a hiking trip to The Narrows at Zion during the winter months!. This package costs $45 per person and it includes the overall-looking waders you see us wearing, water canyoneering boots, neoprene socks, and a wooden hiking stick (USE THIS—the rocks are very slippery, the current is strong in some areas, and in a few areas the water gets up to about waist-deep).. Make sure to have money on hand (cash or card) to pay for parking, the entrance fee, and possibly a nice hot meal after you’re done with the hike (there are plenty of places to eat right outside the national park entrance).. How the trail works is, you hike as far as you want into the canyon, then you turn around and hike the same way back out—so the start time is really up to you, because you can make the hike as long or short as you want it to be!

On our second day, we hiked The Narrows, an infamous hike through a canyon.. If there have been recent rains (even if they were miles away), or if there is rain in the forecast on the day of your hike, this may be a hike to skip.. You will need waterproof shoes and a trekking pole (or two) for this hike.. Zion Outfitter offers shoes and a trekking pole for $29.00 .. This is not a hike that you need to do at 6 a.m.. Many people came this far, put their feet in for a few minutes, and walked back.. Once we got in the water, we walked about 35 minutes before the river made a large bend to the left.. At the end of the day, my watch said that we’d hiked 7.79 miles over the course of 4 hours and 13 minutes.

On our second day, we hiked The Narrows, an infamous hike through a canyon.. If you do any research before you head to Zion, you will see that people take this hike very seriously .. And that is for good reason – hiking through a canyon can be very dangerous.. If there have been recent rains (even if they were miles away), or if there is rain in the forecast on the day of your hike, this may be a hike to skip.. You will need waterproof shoes and a trekking pole (or two) for this hike.. Zion Outfitter offers shoes and a trekking pole for $29.00 .. I’d recommend bringing poles that collapse and fit in your backpack, because you probably won’t want them for the 1 mile hike to and from the water.. This is not a hike that you need to do at 6 a.m.. When you arrive at the Temple of Sinawava, you will begin the one mile hike to the water.. The end of the paved hike, time to get in the water!

You can hike the Narrows in two different ways: 1- the Top Down Hike (permit required) OR what we did- The Bottom Up Day Hike (no permit required).. The BEST part of hiking The Narrows is that you can do as little or as much of the hike as you want and are able to do.. Do I need hiking poles to hike The Narrows?. So MY answer to the question of what should I wear hiking the Narrows is based on our visit to Zion National Park in July.. Miscellaneous other things you need to know for your Zion Narrows Day Hike: Your Bag : Just be prepared that it may get wet!. (Video) What to Know Before Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park Utah. Hiking The Narrows will take way longer than normal hiking because you’re walking on slick stones through different water levels and current.

The Narrows at Zion National Park would be one of our longer hikes.. The Narrows at Zion National Park is a river hiking trail.. Zion National Park shuttle which starts at the visitor center with the last stop being Temple of Sinawava, this is a free option.. This is a great option if you want to hit the trail earlier.. Is the water deep in The Narrows at Zion National Park?. Yes in some areas the water can be deep at The Narrows in Zion National Park and depending on the time of year the water will be deep through out the Narrows.. Yes, depending the time of year the water can be cold in the Narrows at Zion National Park.

The Narrows is the most popular attraction in Zion National Park, Utah with a 5 star rating by visitors.. Most people hiking the Narrows chose to hike part of the river before returning (1 hour, or as you like).. : Catch the bus to the Temple of Sinawava > walk 1 mile along the paved Riverside Walk > get in the Virgin River – it’s time to hike (wade) up as far as you feel like!. What do you need to hike the Narrows Zion?. There is a $30 entry fee to enter Zion National Park which lasts for 7 days.. No, a permit is not necessary to hike Zion Narrows.. No reservation is needed to hike the Narrows but you will need a permit if you chose to hike from the Narrows Top Down trail (usually overnight).. Although Park Rangers close the Narrows trail when conditions are dangerous and don’t issue permits when the flow is 120 cubic feet per second (cfs) or greater, flash floods do occur.. The Narrows are in Zion National Park, Utah.. It is possible to park in Zion National Park and then walk to Zion Canyon Visitor Center.. From the temple walk 1 mile along the Riverside Walk.. If you are planning on bringing a phone as your main camera – do yourself a favour and pick a case which has a sturdy lanyard to ensure your phone doesn’t disappear in the current if it slips from your fingers.. Do you need water shoes to hike the Narrows?. By late afternoon people start leaving too, so you may enjoy a quieter walk.. Comment below if you have any questions about hiking the Narrows or visiting Zion National Park.

You will want to reach the south entrance of the park which is roughly 1.5 mile or so from the town of Springdale , park your car in free parking area and hop onto the free shuttle in front of the Zion National Park Visitor Center (Stop 1).. The shuttle will cover all the stops on the way and you will want to get down at Stop 9 ,The Temple of Sinawava which is the starting point of the hike.. If you plan to do Narrows it has to be the first activity of the day.. In peak summer you may only need neoprene socks and walking sticks which you don’t necessarily have to rent .. Note : Zion outfitters at the park entrance are one of the best in this rental gear business.. You do not have to hike 16 miles to enjoy narrows :. The hike to Narrows is a total of 16 miles.. It is only after this first half mile that actual hike in the river starts.. I will suggest to hike atleast for 2 hours inside the canyon to really enjoy the beauty of Narrows.. Keep in mind that you can hike in as far as you feel comfortable with the option to turn back at any time and leave the way you came.. The weather in canyon changes in a fraction of second.

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