Trip Planner:   USA  /  Utah  /  Zion National Park  /  The Narrows

The Narrows, Zion National Park

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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including The Narrows
map
The Narrows Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
2,911 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • First of all, this place is amazing. It is sensory overload with views. Walking the the river with all the rocks is pretty awesome, and the payoff to get to Wall Street is well worth it. However, plea...  more »
  • Hiking the Narrows along the Virgin River was one of the stand-out hikes of our entire two week trip visiting seven National Parks. It is unusual to get to hike in the narrow between two canyons and i...  more »
  • My family of five spent a week in June exploring Zion National Park. Our favorite hike was The Narrows! We did not go early in the morning when everyone says to go. It gets hot fast. We went at 3 in t...  more »
Google
  • Wish I had been prepared to walk through the water. It was a cold morning and I had no cold weather or wet weather gear. Beautiful to walk through the water and discover what other mysteries are just around the corner from the rocks. I would definitely do it again
  • This was one of the greatest hikes that we have been on. The river was very crowded when we were there in early June, but we didn't mind at all. There was always a place to enjoy without getting too close to others. The views are spectacular! Even thought they are extremely close-range, they are very grand at the same time...
  • The hike was amazing. Walking through the narrows truly made you feel engulfed by nature and the beautiful rock. Be warned though, during November the water was quite cold. If you wear the proper gear you should be fine, but I personally wore shorts and converse and was thus quite cold. Despite that, it was still incredibly enjoyable!
  • Equipment rental company was friendly and cheap. The Narrows themselves were breathtaking. There were plenty of cool rock formations and caves to climb up. If you make this trek I'd recommend going all the way to Wall Street. Once the canyon walls close in to about 20ft across it feels like you're a Hobbit on a quest.
  • 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!
Places to stay near The Narrows

Plan your trip to Zion National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to The Narrows by other users

8 days in Utah BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Utah BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM RUSSIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Joshua Tree National Park, California Desert & Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Brian Head BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Brian Head BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, relaxing, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Utah BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM POLAND August, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Zion National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans