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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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  • The drysuits are amazing. The hike was gorgeous and challenging, but fun challenging, not hard challenging. There are flashes of "I cannot believe I am doing this!" Bring food. 
  • What an absolutely amazing hike! If you plan on renting gear, you have to rent them before entering the park. I rented from Zion Adventure Company, which I believe was by bus stop #3. There was also a...  more »
  • -in the summer quite like it, slogging through the water-sturdy shoes desired and a good walking stick is a must-most hiking part by the water and then back-not as spectacular, you just follow the mass and you notice when it's something deeper or not-many people see slipping, in the summer no problem.
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  • Great fun to get wet and see the amazing unique experience only the narrows can offer. Can be crowded, so go during the week and when its a little wetter there are less crowds. Prepared to get wet and also bring some water and snacks. You might get cold a windbreaker would be good. It takes a long time to get through the narrows and it's hard to tell how far you have gone because the water makes you go slower. But it is all worth the effort because the experience is so spectacular.
  • The Narrows Bottom Up is a great place to visit during the summer time when the temps get hot. First, hike Angels Landing in the morning to enjoy Zion's awesome view. Then, hike the narrows to cool off while enjoying the canyon views.
  • I have hiked throughout the western US and this is one of the most unique and beautiful hikes I have ever experienced. My wife and I did the Narrows in October of 1985, there were no crowds just wonderful views. Highly recommend this hike.
  • Incredíble hike with amazing views. Summer time gets busy so plan accordingly. Water shoes and hiking sticks are recommended along with some sturdy hiking shoes. Hiking sticks and shoes are available for rent at the Visitor's Center.
  • I had the pleasure of watching several hummingbirds fly down and hover just above the water while they drank from the river. Absolutely stunning views all around. I'm an avid traveler and this is my favorite hike I've completed thus far. I recommend getting an early start to avoid the crowds. Make sure you have good footwear. I wore Chacos and they worked out pretty well for me.