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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.
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  • Fun hike that like no other! Special water boots can be easily rented and we hiked as far as we could go without swimming. The views cannot be described, so don’t leave earth without doing this hike!  more »
  • If you want to experience the wonders of Mother Nature, you must go on this hike! My family hiked the Narrows bottom-up on December 31, 2017. It took us about 6 hours round-trip to hike from the Templ...  more »
  • This hike can be done by nearly everyone. Because it's shaded in the morning and in water, you don't have to worry about the heat too much. It's scenic the whole way through so even if you stop and tu...  more »
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  • 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!
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