Zion Narrows Trail

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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.

Robert Shaw
19 days ago

13 Completed0 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
1 month ago

17 Completed2 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
1 month ago

3 Completed0 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
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Nicolas Coeffard
1 month ago

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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
4 months ago

201 Completed41 Reviews

Bucket List.

Tatum Mortimer
4 months ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

Christine Weir
5 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Chris Chakos
6 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
6 months ago

200 Completed191 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

56 Completed15 Reviews

Jen Dean
8 months ago

56 Completed15 Reviews

Tamera Meehan
8 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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8 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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Tamera Meehan
8 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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8 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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Pete Spencer
8 months ago

21 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.

Steve Sorenson
8 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

One of the most amazing hikes/backpacking trips ever. I've hiked this top to bottom three times in four years. The first time with a group to see if my then girlfriend was wife material (she passed) The second time with my boys and the third time as a Scoutmaster with my troop. Unlike the start from the bottom which most reviews on here cover, the top down hike is limited and you must get a permit. You will only see a few other hikers until Wall Street which is the last part of your second day. You could do this in one day but far better to camp in a designated spot off the trail and enjoy this incredible hike than be rushed. The trail is the river over slippery rocks so you won't set any speed records. Walking stick, canyoneering shoes and wet/dry bags are a must. I cooked dinner with a light weight stove. The water levels/speed vary depending on time of year and snowfall each particular year. Mid August is best if you want to avoid swimming and deep water along small portions of the trail. For the most part, the hike is shaded and the water is cold so heat is not an issue even during the hot summer months in Zion.
The permits go quick so you must make a reservation on the 5th of the month at 10:00 am MT two months before your hike. (Example: June 5th for any date in Aug) Most dates fill up within first half hour. https://zionpermits.nps.gov/wilderness. There's also an outfit near the south entrance of ZNP that will shuttle you to the trailhead with your gear for around $35 and you can rent walking sticks and canyoneering shoes
Bring a good camera and a wet dry bag to protect it with an extra battery or portable charger as there are too many photo ops over two days for one battery. I also took some amazing video with a GoPro on the last trek.
The best hike I've done and I've hiked /backpacked a lot of the National Parks but the Subway is next for me.

Nick Bercier
10 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews