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The Narrows, Zion National Park

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In the upper sections of the Zion Canyon, the Virgin River has carved out a 25.7 km (16 mi) gorge, referred to as The Narrows. Hiking through the gorge is an unusual and occasionally challenging experience that rewards with its breathtaking scenery. For approximately two thirds of the route, the river runs the entire width of the canyon--and thus you walk, wade, and occasionally swim. Wearing the proper attire is essential, as the water can be cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery. Bring a trekking pole, sturdy shoes, and a change of clothes. Put your dry items, valuables, and electronics in waterproof bags to prevent damage. Use our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder website to add The Narrows and other attractions to your Zion National Park vacation plans.
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  • Hiking to the Narrows from the end of the road in Zion is an incredible hike. Warm winters days are the best - go when few others are there and you can drive and park versus ride the shuttle. Even sma...  more »
  • Make sure you're wearing comfortable hiking shoes/boots which you are willing to get wet. The narrows is dependant on rainfall as it is a possibility of flash floods which can be dangerous. Just remem...  more »
  • Oh what a day! 21 days of travel was what most I impressed me. It should be done early because there are many people in the summer but is the experriencias that are recorded for life. Enjoy!
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  • Great hike. I did it in August, warmer water as well as a longer day. It took me about 12hrs to complete it but I was stopping quite a bit. The "trail" is the Virgin River, simply follow that all the way to the Temple of Sinawava and you'll be fine! Water shoes aren't a necessity but they make it a ton easier!
  • A must when visiting Zion. The winter water is very cold, so I recommend the neoprene socks, boots, and dry pants. Dry pants will get you to Wall Street, but you will need a bib if you want to go past the end of Wall Street (at least during the time we went -- late December).
  • Water could have been clearer but still an awesome experience. Make sure and bring appropriate gear and be in decent shape as you are constantly walking on rocks.
  • Breathtaking. Literally and figuratively. We chose the South route after hiking up Angels Landing the day before. Get there EARLY to catch the sunrise through the canyon and to beat the traffic. Easily one of the best and most unique hikes.
  • Amazing! Not that cold when we do it. But in the wall street where direct sunlight is rare still a little cold

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Where to stay in Zion National Park

If you want to stay inside Zion National Park, you can choose from three campgrounds or the Zion Lodge, which includes motel rooms, cabins, suites, and a restaurant. Two of the campgrounds sit near the south entrance, while the third lies more isolated about a one-hour drive from Zion Canyon along the Kolob Terrace Road. The gateway town of Springdale just south of the park has a wide range of accommodations. Choose from cozy inns and bed and breakfasts, rustic riverside lodges, and clean and simple motels. If everything's full here, try the nearby towns of Virgin and Hurricane.
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