Zion Narrows Trail

HARD
#2 of 58 trails in Zion National Park
Zion Narrows Trail is a 13.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

13.9 miles 7312 feet Out & Back
birding camping hiking nature trips walking cave river views waterfall wild flowers no dogs
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Zion Narrows Trail is a 17.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible from June until September. TOP-DOWN - ONE DAY. This 16 mile hike as a one day event is the most strenuous option. For athletic people who are very agile hikers. Best done May through September when days are longer. Usually a 10-14 hour hike for most athletes. Very scenic if you take time to look up. Permit required. Max group size is 12 persons. Starting Point is Chamberlain's Ranch. TOP-DOWN OVERNIGHT. With the only disadvantage being the extra weight of overnight gear, this is the way to have the full Narrows experience. Spend one night under a blanket of stars in the canyon in one of 12 designated sites. Plan on hiking 6-8 hours each day with enough time to check out Deep and Kolob Creeks on day one, and Orderville Gulch on day two. Permit required. Max group size is 12 persons. Make sure to pack light (under 25 lbs.). Best time is May-September. Starting point is Chamberlain's Ranch, 1.5 hour drive from Zion Canyon.

James Thomas
1 day ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Zach Spellman
5 days ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Maybe the best outdoors experience of my life. Really unique and mesmerizing experience. If you're in Zion you can't not do this. I did it barefoot and you should too. Bring food but make sure it can stay dry. Dress like you're going to the beach.

Robert Shaw
1 month ago

15 Completed2 Reviews

The best one-night backpacking trip you can do!

Hiking down river from the top, this trail provides some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine with sheer cliffs rising 1,000+ feet on both sides of the flash flood canyon which is your path. Learning to "go with the flow" and allow the river to move/place your next step makes this epic adventure almost effortless. YOU WILL BE WET. At times, waist-deep (or more) in the river, we hiked this in September, and though temperatures outside the canyon were reaching 100F, in the shade and cool water of the Narrows, it was a pleasant journey the whole way!

KEEP IN MIND: You will be provided with a "wag bag" for tp AND fecal waste. This is a highly-trafficked trail and very sensitive to environmental impact. Please be a better backpacker and take your business with you. (We found much evidence of ignorant hikers leaving poorly covered catholes and even a used wag bag AT the limited campsites along the river). If you can't be responsible and handle your own waste, please don't hike this trail!

Kristen M
2 months ago

18 Completed4 Reviews

Flow about 95cfs. Rented shoes and waders bc of water temp and air temp. Was very grateful for both. Some sections of waste deep water but it was easier to cross where the water is deeper vs shin/knee deep.

Susan T
2 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great hike and challenging. We picked up rental wetsuits with booties and hiking shoes in Springdale prior to the hike. There are also dry suits available depends where you rent. It's slow going at points where you're fighting the current and navigating over a rocky river bottom. Totally worth a day trip.

Nicolas Coeffard
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Nicolas Coeffard
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Josh Stringer
3 months ago

17 Completed7 Reviews

This hike is and experience like no other. My wife and I did the bottom up start, but only went in about 2-3 miles. The reason is you are hiking through water and not your typical balling brook crossing(IT'S A RIVER) there are points in the river where you go from ankle height to waist deep and deeper. We wore regular tennis shoes for traction but the water temperature is cold and after a while without a wetsuit you can go numb.... anyway, this trail is beautiful and breathtaking. We will be going back here and possibly making this an annual trip for my birthday. Hope to see you out there. Be safe and be mindful of flash floods.

Scott Densmore
5 months ago

254 Completed44 Reviews

Bucket List.

Tatum Mortimer
5 months ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

Christine Weir
6 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Chris Chakos
7 months ago

17 Completed18 Reviews

Epic
A must for anyone looking for adventure without taking up the weekend.
The river is great during the summer, winter you need a dry suit

Steve Oswald
7 months ago

218 Completed195 Reviews

The Narrows are so unique and glorious. This is a must do (at least part of it) when you are in the area!

Jen Dean
8 months ago

65 Completed15 Reviews

Jen Dean
8 months ago

65 Completed15 Reviews

Tamera Meehan
9 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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9 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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Tamera Meehan
9 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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9 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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Pete Spencer
9 months ago

22 Completed12 Reviews

Just hiked to the mouth of the narrows. Easy hike, be sure and get your feet wet and walk up the river some.