The Narrows is a gorge carved by the Virgin river in the narrowest part of the canyon in Zion National Park (hence the name “Narrows”) and is only 20-30 feet wide in some areas. The “hike” is actually misleading as there is no hiking trail – you actually a walk upstream in the river in knee deep waters (it gets waist deep in some areas). Its a very unique and enjoyable experience especially in summer when the water is pleasant to walk in.
The hike is 10 mile round trip to the Big Spring, which would take a full day to hike round trip. Most people turn around after a couple of miles or so though. The Narrows is one of the most popular trails in Zion, so expect a lot of crowds here no matter what time of day you get here.
Start your hike at the Temple of Sinawava via The Riverside Walk which is a 2 mile flat hike to the starting point of the Narrows. Make sure you have waterproof containers for cell phones, wallets etc. as parts of the hike can get you in waist deep waters. It is also best to wear closed toe shoes as you will be walking on rocks on the river bed. A walking stick is also recommended.
The Narrows, Zion National Park in Pictures
If you have already hiked the Narrows, let us know in comments what was your experience like. We would love to hear from you! If you haven’t but are planning to, check out our list of top things to do in Zion National Park.