“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.
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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