“one of the most unusual hikes on the Colorado Plateau”
The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park. You can see The Narrows by hiking along the paved, wheelchair accessible Riverside Walk for one mile from the Temple of Sinawava. If you wish to see more, you will be walking in the Virgin River. This can involve wading upstream for just a few minutes or it can be an all day hike. **Park at Zion Canyon Visitor Center and take the shuttle to it's final stop.
There are a lot of crowds, so get going early. Rent the poles and boots, it's not too expensive and they're a massive advantage. Be prepared to be awestruck by one of the most incredible natural phenomena you will ever see. The walls of the narrows are so high and so smooth, carved out over centuries by flowing water, sanded to perfection. The colors are amazing. Take the time to stop and look up at the sky.
Hands down the most beautiful hike I've ever done. Make sure to have the right shoes and poles to help you balance. Always check the flash flood report before going.
If the water level is high enough, it's fun to hang on to your waterproof bag and float down the river on your way back!
Best gorge walk I have ever done.
Make sure you have water proof bags for mobiles and wallets - if you slip you're going to get soaked, if you don't slip you're going to get wet up to your knees (at least).
The water is cold (not freezing) - even at the end of summer.
Could have done it in half the time, but stopped all the time to take pictures.
If I'm ever back in the area, I'll be doing this walk again
If you aren't going to have time to hike up the narrows I would recommend not going all the way to the end of the trail. I didn't have the right shoes and was unable to go up stream. there really isn't a lot to see at the end. I would spend your time at one of the many other things to see in the park or stop at one of the many places to swim along the way.
with that said. if you do have the time to do the narrows I hear that it's amazing! it's on my bucket list for sure! 18 miles walking through a canyon in water!?! yes please!
Loved it, leave early cause the crowds get to be a little annoying dragging their small children trough cold water. If your amongst the first up there it's no problem.
I recently had the pleasure of embarking on an unforgettable hike through the Narrows in Zion National Park with my family of 6 and it was nothing short of an awe-inspiring experience. Walking along the river between towering canyon walls was a true testament to the sheer magnificence of nature. I cannot recommend this hike enough to fellow adventurers seeking an exhilarating and immersive outdoor excursion.
One of the essential aspects to note before setting off on this expedition is to come prepared. The Narrows is a trail unlike any other, as the majority of the hike involves wading through the river itself. To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey, investing in water boots with water socks is highly recommended. These gear essentials will not only protect your feet but also provide the necessary grip and insulation in the chilly water.
Additionally, acquiring a walking stick proved invaluable during my trek. It helped maintain stability while navigating the uneven riverbed and provided extra support against the current. With the aid of a walking stick, I was able to confidently traverse the unpredictable terrain, avoiding slips and enhancing my overall hiking experience.
It's important to embrace the fact that you will get wet during the hike. However, let me assure you that the wetness is a small price to pay for the astonishing views and unique adventure that awaits. The refreshing water flowing around you as you make your way through the canyon amplifies the sensory immersion and adds an element of thrill to the entire journey.
As you venture deeper into the Narrows, be prepared to be captivated by the sheer beauty and grandeur of your surroundings. The soaring sandstone walls that flank the narrow gorge create an otherworldly atmosphere, leaving you in absolute awe. The interplay of light and shadow on the rock formations, coupled with the rhythmic flow of the river, evokes a sense of serenity and wonder that is truly unparalleled.
The hike through the Narrows offers an opportunity to disconnect from the fast-paced world and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. With each step, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas and a profound appreciation for the forces that have shaped this remarkable landscape over millions of years.
Safety is paramount while hiking the Narrows, and it is essential to be aware of the weather conditions and flash flood risks. Check with the park authorities before embarking on your journey, as the hike may be restricted during certain times due to weather conditions.
In conclusion, if you're an outdoor enthusiast seeking an extraordinary adventure, I wholeheartedly recommend hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park. Embrace the opportunity to traverse the river, surrounded by majestic canyon walls, and let the beauty of nature leave an indelible mark on your soul. With proper gear and a spirit of adventure, this remarkable trail will undoubtedly provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
This was the most awesome hike ever! Renting hiking sticks, neoprene socks, and canyoneering hiking boots was crucial to the hike! The walk to where the hike begins is a mile. Don’t try & save money and skip the equipment….not worth it! It’s only $29 from Zion Guru to rent the poles, socks, & shoes pkg. You’ll need to start the hike no later than 8 a.m if you want to avoid the crowds and find parking. The beauty as you hike through the river is absolutely gorgeous!! The canyon walls, the different colorations, & the wonder of it all is breathtaking!!! You’ll never see any other hike like it!
We went early- about 9AM so it was a little cool- about 68 in the narrows. On our way out there were TONS more people coming in BUT later in the day, when it was 100, would have been a better time to go. We have 4 teens and us. We didn't rent poles and did just fine- no one fell in! We also just brought our own shoes. Crocks (in support mode) collect lots of little rocks I had to keep emptying out. 2 had water socks on and had less rocks, a couple had old tennis shoes and ended up more rocks in their shoes. So... take your pick. Lol The views are beautiful!! 😍 Beginning of June, the water was so cold it hurt your skin until it kind of got numb. Part of the deal, I think with water in a river. Lol The deepest we went was below our waists. I tried to get my GPS to work to see how far we went but.... I had NO service. 😆 If you could only do 1 thing in Zion, this is the one to do. We went to the lower Emerald pool which was very disappointing. Weeping Rock is closed for 8-10 years due to a landslide in 2018. Of the 2 we did, the narrows was definitely the favorite!
We visited in mid-May, and the Narrows trail was closed due to high water. I was disappointed since I was really looking forward to this hike! It's best to do this hike later in the summer although there is a danger of flash floods.
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