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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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  • this was on my hubby bucket list to do , very since - we were here about 20+ yrs ago , when the kids were about 5 & 6 and too young to have gone very far upstream - even though, it was summer months t...  more »
  • Equipment for the recommended water market (a trip to Zion outsider and the tower is standing). It better happen preferably very early to avoid the rush (Yes that's quite common). Should not forget to pay the park entrance (if you plan several national parks in your "trip", the annual pass is strongly recommended). It should, however, inquire about weather conditions from the rangers at the entrance of the Park. Once all these recommendations taken into account, enjoy 4 hours to walk back and forth in one of the most beautiful walks in the United States.
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  • You can walk in the Narrows for hours and still walking, you decides how far and how long you wanna walk in the canyon. Do rent the equipment from the Outfitters if you can afford it, it does help. Th...  more »
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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.