Hiking at The Zion Narrows, one of our favorite hike!

Hiking at The Zion Narrows, one of our favorite hike!

To be honest the hike at the Narrows isn’t our favorite hike at the Zion national park, the Angels landing is but I can assure you that the Narrows is aswell very awesome!

The day before our hike we went to the visitor center to make sure that there was not a Flash Flood Warning. People have died in the narrows beacause of a flash flood caused by a storms kilometers far away! It might not be raining where you are but it might somewhere else.

Once we got the green light, this is optional, we rented each a pair of canyoneering shoes (18$/pair) to help preventing an ankle injury and Neoprene socks (7$/pair) to keep our feet warm. Inspite of the price I was very happy to be walking in the shoes as there was no way you could see what was on the bottom of the river. I remember a few times my feet got stuck between rocks and I was so grateful to have my funny looking shoes on.

Our “walking on the moon” shoes.

Map here: Zion Guru

We started our 16km (ten miles) round trip hike at the Temple of Sinawalast stop of the free Zion canyon shuttleand turned back when we reached the Big falls, the campsite. We were there in late september (2014) and it was crowded but the further you get into the narrows less people it will be because most of them will turn around by the Wall street

As you can see at the map above there are several hikes and you can even go further and for some of them you will need a permit.


It was harder than I expected walking upstream some parts knee to waist hight water, on loose rocks and slippery boulders. Sometime there are potholes but ofcourse you don’t see them until you plunge into one. At some stretch it was a challenge to choose the “right” way to pass. One tips is to look of the people who are walking infront of you…some will fall into a pothole or slip..well then you will know where not to walk.  Another tips is to use a stick! I am still laughing thinking of this guy who put his stuff on his head and walked straight forward and then suddently we saw only his head.


This hike was pure fun and not just an ordinary walk on the mountain that we are so familiar with. And ofcourse the big reason why this slot canyon walk is very popular is the beauty of this place! Everyone should try to hike as far as you can even if it’s not very far because behind every corner you will have a wow-moment!

Just remember that none of my photography makes the Narrows any justice! 

When to go:

The Narrows is normally closed between mid March-late May depending of the level of the water and runoff. The best season to go is between summer and autumn, june-november. If you dare you can do it during winter season, but if you doing it you problably already know about the freezing water.

 

More great information about hiking the Narrows click Here and Here

 

So what are you waiting for? Go do this hike!

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Dawan Schneider
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42 Comments
  • Cassandra Rose
    Posted at 14:58h, 09 September Reply

    That trail looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to try hiking but none of my friends are ever willing to go ha! That view is so stunning; it looks like it would be very peaceful and calm over there.

  • Claire
    Posted at 20:41h, 09 September Reply

    We always wanted to visit the Zion National Park but it’s too far! Lol, I love hiking and exploring new places though, so fun!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 09:04h, 11 September Reply

    I have never tried this type of hiking before, through a river and I have to admit that it looks fantastic. The walls of the canyon are so tall, it’s so impressive to look at your photos and see how small you look compared to them. I can imagine it is dangerous to hike when the weather is not great and you can drown so your advice about checking the flood warning before you go is great!

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