The Narrows hike at Zion National Park is an unforgettable experience and is listed as one of the most famous hikes in North America. The trail begins at the Riverside Walk, a 2.2 mile (3.5 km) roundtrip, easy, scenic walk nestled between the river and the cliff base. At the end of the Riverwalk the trail leads into the river; here many visitors opt to keep their feet dry by ending their journey at this point and turning back. The remaining adventure requires walking, and sometimes wading, in the river. Depths vary from ankle deep to waist high or more. We highly recommend getting your feet wet as this is one of our very favorite experiences!
To have the best experience on this extraordinary hike it is important to have the right gear. Hiking poles (provided by Desert Solitude) are an essential aid as your feet feel their way along the river bed. Close-toed shoes, or bump toe sandals, with sturdy soles will help prevent slipping on wet or uneven surfaces. Fast drying clothes are recommended and add the benefit of eliminating the need to pack along a change of clothes during your hikes in Zion.
The Narrows extends for several miles and many visitors plan to hike for a few hours and then turn back when they have had their fill. The extra preparation is a small sacrifice to be able to hike through the river as it curves through the towering canyon walls. For more information see what Zion National Park has to say about hiking the Narrows.