The Narrows

The Narrows, Zion National Park: Address, Phone Number, The Narrows Reviews: 5/5

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Zion's most popular hiking trail is also its most dangerous due to occasional flash floods.
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NCWFUcyclingVet
Huntersville, NC318 contributions
Unique and Exciting Hike
Jun 2021 • Family
We hiked the Narrows from the bottom up in June. We arrived at 2 pm, and there were no lines for shuttle or to get into the River. A hiking stick is helpful. Special shoes aren’t necessary, but make sure to have secure shoes, with good grip and closed toes. We used sneakers and were fine. We walked up to the split and turned left. The hike becomes a little more difficult past the split because the canyon is more narrow and the water flows more quickly. We never fell but kept things in dry bags in our pack just in case. I saw a few people fall in. The water never got deeper than waste deep (unless you are looking for deeper areas). I’m sure it’s deeper at other times of the year.
Written 13 June 2021
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GranburyDad_12
Granbury, TX165 contributions
Great hike through the narrows.
Jun 2021
Water was chilly, but not too bad. Leaving early will avoid the crowds, but it might be a little less comfortable in the water. If you can, make it to the fork in the river and take the right route. Most people would need a stick, but not completely necessary. Great views of the area.
Written 13 June 2021
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Mr. N from SD
Rapid City, SD9 contributions
Go Early
Jun 2021
This is one of the coolest hikes and is a must do if you're in Zion. After reading some of the recent reviews, we were a little nervous about the large number of people there might be on the trail.

The best thing you can do is start early. The first bus leaves the parking lot at 6:00AM and there will be a line of people for the bus. We got there at 5:45AM and didn't get on a bus until 7:00AM. We were in the river by 7:40 and there were very few people with us. The farther you work up the river the fewer people you will encounter. We even had parts of the hike up the river where we were the only hikers in the area, which allowed for great picture opportunities.

About two to three miles up the river is a small stream off to the east side, go up this stream on your way back. It's not nearly as deep and is a nice break from the current along with a great escape from the number of people you will encounter later in the day. On our way back, we encountered five to six times the number of people than what we started the day with. We were out of the river by 1:30PM and we felt like we had seen/experienced a good chunk of the river and canyon.

TIPS: Go as early in the day as you can. Rent the boots and wooden poles (it's worth the $30). In June it's still cold in the morning so dress warm.
Written 13 June 2021
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Tour49
The Villages, FL103 contributions
Stunning Beauty with a Sense of Adventure
Jun 2021 • Couples
This starts as a simple walk on a trail and ends with you walking up the river as the canyon gets more and more narrow. We did not rent gear but used our own hiking boots and socks. So, yes, our feet were drenched but it was fine. Just accept it. We did buy sticks that came in three pieces so we could easily carry them when we weren’t using them. Wooden sticks were recommended by an outfitter. There was a beautiful waterfall and ferns and walls with amazing colors and formations. Highly recommend this as long as you are willing to get wet and are in decent shape. Riverbed is uneven as you might guess so strong ankles and a slower pace help.
Written 12 June 2021
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4Storys
Cincinnati, OH89 contributions
Scenic, but very crowded
Jun 2021 • Family
As other have said, it’s an absolute must do hike, but hike smart! You need not rent water socks and shoes if you have good hiking shoes. A walking stick is a smart idea for stability and support. The water is fast moving and waist deep in parts.

Try to avoid crowds. We suggest a late afternoon hike when most hikers are leaving for dinner. We took the shuttle to the Narrows at 4:00pm, and still had plenty of time to make it back for the last 8:00pm shuttle.

Written 12 June 2021
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conken7
pacific palisades, ca26 contributions
Way too crowded
Jun 2021
Way too many people are allowed on this hike. It is ike the 405 freeway in Los Angeles at rush hour.
Written 8 June 2021
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NtshuaL
Roseville, CA45 contributions
Incredible, and must-do!
May 2021 • Couples
This was the most incredible hike I've ever done. To hike upstream in the Virgin River down in the canyon slot was phenomenal! The hike wasn't long distance-wise but it took a long time to get to the Fork (Confluence) due to hiking in the river. My partner gave up before we got to the Fork (Confluence) so I hiked there by myself, but it was definitely worth it and more! I wanted to go farther but next time! I think it's a moderate hike due to hiking in rocks and boulders most of the way. I loved it so much! And I'd do it again too, no doubt. Highly recommended!

We went early on May 23, and it was not busy as there was only a few people at the shuttle area that early. We started the hike around 7am; it was very cold but peaceful and not crowded, not to mention the water was clear. On the way back, it was like a zoo, super crowded, and water was murky so it was difficult to see where or what you're stepping on which slows you down a bit too.

We had done a lot of research but figured we will be ok with quick-dry shorts, hiking shoes, and neoprene socks. We brought our own hiking sticks which is a must-have if hiking this. We also brought dry bags but it can be done without, as there was only a few times water was hip/waist high. We overestimated how much water we'd drink, but this can probably be done with 2-3 water bottles (the plastic ones you get at the stores).

Start early and you'll love it!
Written 7 June 2021
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Gina R
Colorado15 contributions
Just do it!
Jun 2021
The Narrows is gorgeous and not as hard as I thought from reading reviews. The water is cold but you honestly get used to it within seconds because you're so overwhelmed and excited to be there. A walking stick was a life saver to most in our group but we did have a few of our teens skip it. Dont get too freaked out about shoes. Hiking shoes are probably the best but we had some in our party use old tennis shoes and even river shoes. One person lost BOTH the soles of his shoes (he brought REALLY old shoes) and his sock feet were sticking out of the bottom of what was left. He wasn't comfortable at times but he managed. Wool socks are the best but don't get all worried about shoes and clothing and just do it! Go EARLY....seems like the crowd really picked up around 11 and 12 and it was harder to fight them to get back to the start. We just did the hike on 6/1 and only got up to our hips once briefly. Most of the hike was ankle to knee deep. I think the best photo shots are early as well with the sun but it's beautiful there all day I'm sure. We started the hike around 9am and had to be back for our private shuttle by 145p so we turned around at the fork and then got back an hour too early. You definitely want to take your time and stop and look UP once in a while because you have to look down most of the time to find your next step.
Written 6 June 2021
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Clint D
Rome, GA208 contributions
Was favorite thing we did
Jun 2021 • Couples
My wife had done all the planning ahead of our trip. Highly recommend renting gear from outside gear shop (we used Zion outfitters) the day before you go. The shoes are a life saver, do it!

Also, I would recommend getting to the park no later than 8. We arrived around 9 and it was becoming crowded. We had to wait In line for 20 mins for the shuttle. The next day we passed by around 9:30-10:00 and just the line to cross the bridge into the park was almost backed up to main highway! 😳

You can make this adventure as long as you like. We traveled to stream almost 2 hours and could have easily went further but decided we had seen enough. It is a slow go, take your time, don’t be in a hurry. Plenty of photo ops the whole hike. If you have a chance to do this hike, you won’t be disappointed!
Written 4 June 2021
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GabrielSanab
Florida Keys, FL216 contributions
Amazing, but with crowds
May 2021 • Couples
The narrows was great, but with how crowded it was, it sort of killed how amazing it was since you had to worry about everyone around you. The further you go the less crowded. But make sure you don’t miss the shuttle back out, or you’ll have a longgggg walk back to car…

I still give it a 5 star, but still not the best hike we’ve done through the water like this.
It’s definitely a place where you need to do it at least once!
Written 1 June 2021
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