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The Narrows, Zion National Park

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In the upper sections of the Zion Canyon, the Virgin River has carved out a 25.7 km (16 mi) gorge, referred to as The Narrows. Hiking through the gorge is an unusual and occasionally challenging experience that rewards with its breathtaking scenery. For approximately two thirds of the route, the river runs the entire width of the canyon--and thus you walk, wade, and occasionally swim. Wearing the proper attire is essential, as the water can be cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery. Bring a trekking pole, sturdy shoes, and a change of clothes. Put your dry items, valuables, and electronics in waterproof bags to prevent damage. Use our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder website to add The Narrows and other attractions to your Zion National Park vacation plans.
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  • This is a very differnt hike than I have ever done in all my years. It was absotlely gorgeous. We did the Narrows Hike at Zion National Park in November. The temp was about 55 degrees. comforatble....  more
    This is a very differnt hike than I have ever done in all my years. It was absotlely gorgeous. We did the Narrows Hike at Zion National Park in November. The temp was about 55 degrees. comforatble....  more »
  • This is by far one of the most amazing experiences ever. I’ve been to many hikes, but never have I hiked through the river. I highly recommend visiting during this time because you can see little... 
    This is by far one of the most amazing experiences ever. I’ve been to many hikes, but never have I hiked through the river. I highly recommend visiting during this time because you can see little...  more »
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  • What a fun family hike in the river, and what awesome cuts through the sandstone! The water was cold, yet was about 2.5 feet deep at most at end of May. Having two trekking poles (as opposed to just one) and wading sandals/watershoes with decent tread really helped with stability in the river. The morning air/breeze was cold, so windbreaker jackets are recommended at the very least! Some of the best, most fascinating portions of the hike were right before arriving at Orderville Gulch - definitely worth the trek!
  • This is an amazing hike, but need to know a couple of things. Is not easy, wear the right shoes and by that I mean hiking boots. People try to do the hike bare footed and is a bad idea, or in water shoes and is almost the same. Take your time, enjoy the view and bring water and food, you'll need them. Is a majestic hike.

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