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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. Put The Narrows into our Zion National Park itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Zion National Park.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Really cool hike, but the crowds take away form the whole Mother Nature thing. Still worth doing though.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We'd been looking forward to hiking the Narrows and of course, there was a flood advisory when we got to the park. So we didn't end up renting neoprene socks or getting the hiking sticks. However, we ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Walking through the Virgin River was a fun and unique hike. It's a little tricky to maneuver sometimes, but you get the hang of it after a while. Be sure to wear proper footwear that protects your toe...  more »

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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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