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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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  • We were there mid September and did enjoy the hike in the water. Plenty of tourists did the same. After approx. 2 hr towards to North (upstream) the crowd is getting thinner. Lovely wildlife to see.  more »
  • Did this hike with my almost 8 year old, 11 and 12 year olds....it was great! We rented gear from Zion Outfitters and they were great. There was a chance of showers that day but they told us the risks...  more »
  • Go early, the water will be more cold at first but then becomes a delight and you enjoy the ride. I didn't need clothes or shoes watertight, but the "staff" is a must! Take water and snacks.
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  • This place has incredible high reviews and they're deserved. Hiking the narrows is a unique experience. During the summer months, you can enter the canyons and hike in the Virgin River itself as you work your way back on a 16 miles round trip. Of course, you can hike as far as you'd like before turning around. Hiking in August, I found the water and air temperature to be moderate. The high canyon walls block a lot of the sun. The water is typically around calf deep but it can be hard to hike through with the perpetual resistance of the flowing water. Bring a sturdy walking stick to help support you as you walk over the river rock. Bring lots of water and some food. It might not be a bad idea to bring a jacket as well in case you're out late. I wouldn't recommend hiking it in the dark. The shuttle stops running at 9:30pm.
  • Great and very special hike. We would recommend to have proper trail running shoes (or rented shoes from a local outfitter), a walking stick and to start VERY early in the morning (take the shuttle to the "Temple of Sinawava" before 7:00 am. Otherwise you will "enjoy" the Narrows with hordes of other tourists!
  • This consists of two ways of trekking in the river water. One is bottom to top and other one is top to bottom. Everyone prefer the first While the later one requires prior permission. So we enjoyed a trek in the bottom to top for 4 hours and we came back once it becomes dark. We enjoyed the trek over here. And a lovely and nature beauty can be seen in these narrows.
  • Such a relaxing, beautiful, and fun hike! What I would highly recommend is bringing water boots and a trekking pole. There’s a rental place at the park if you’re in need. If not boots then at least a trekking pole. There’s a lot of opportunities for breaking ankles with this trail, especially if it’s super windy while you’re there!
  • Take a trekking pole! Go as far as you can go, the further you go the more beautiful it is. We will definitely be going back. We went as far as Wall Street and wished we had more time to go further. So plan ahead for a day long hike.
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