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The Narrows
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Owner description: Zion's most popular hiking trail is also its most dangerous due to occasional flash floods.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of stunning views but rent the equipment for walking in the water. You are walking in a river bed and there is a risk for flash flooding so check the weather forecast before staring and stay alert

Thank Barbara A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiking the Narrows was an amazing experience! If you go to Zion, I highly recommend you take this hike! Be prepared, you will be hiking in a fast moving body of water, sometimes up to your thighs, and will be finding your footing among slick, smooth river rocks. We rented the "warm weather day package" from Zion Outfitters located at the entrance to the park. They will rent you hiking boots, neoprene socks, and a walking stick which is well worth the $25. We didn't have to get our own boots soaked and don't underestimate the helpfulness of the walking stick. It kept me from losing my balance several times. Take your time and enjoy the experience. So beautiful when the light illuminates the canyon walls. We will always remember this hike.

Thank Kathy S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did The Narrows Top Down and if you're interested in The Narrows, do it that way, even if you can only get a day-use permit. To be clear: You need a permit to do this hike and it is SO worth the extra trouble! The Narrows bottom-up is available to anyone, but that means that there are a ton of people and it's not particularly tranquil or enjoyable. We saw rowdy people with their bluetooth speakers blasting their music for everyone to hear, like it or not.

Start your planning THREE MONTHS before you want to go. On the 4th day of each month at 10:00 A.M. MST, permits become available. Go to the NPS site in advance of that day to find the link for permit requests. Be prepared with a credit card to pay the $5 reservation fee (that goes to the park). You'll know right away if you get one.

Anyway. The recommended time allotment to complete the hike in one day is 10-12 hours to complete it without camping, but we did it in 8.5 hours. We saw some clouds that made us think rain may be approaching and you don't want to be in a slot canyon when it starts raining. You can also apply for a reservation for a camp site (of which there are 12). The odd-numbered sites are only available on-line and they go fast: In FOUR minutes they were all gone when I tried. If you're up to it, go for sites 1, 7, or 9--1 will be the first site you come to, and 12 the last. That means a short first day of hiking, but a longer second day. We saw those and they were very nice spots with good cover. Site 12 is also GREAT, but it's a walk-in basis site, as are the other even-numbered sites. To get an even-numbered site, you go the day before your hike to the Wilderness Reservation Desk at the Visitor Center.

There are several local companies that do a shuttle to take you to Chamberlain Ranch, where the trailhead begins. Call them in advance to reserve your spot. They drop you off AT the trail head, where there is a NPS restroom facility. You come out near a shuttle stop, so you will take that back to where you parked your car.

Some hints:

Before you go, get a map from one of the local outfitters that shows visual representations of the landmarks in the canyon, as well as mileage and time to go from where these landmarks are. That'll help you SO much in navigating and determining how much farther you have to go.

Bring a couple of dry bags (or kitchen-sized trash bags) to protect your food and electronics from the water..

You WILL be hiking in the water, so check the flow rate and water temp to be on the safe side.

Check the weather forecast before you go.

I wore quick-dry shorts and non-cotton t-shirt, non-waterproof shoes with poly-blend socks and I was fine.

Bring a water filter just in case you run low on water. I used one when we ran low on water and we were good after that.

There is SO much to tell about this incredible hike, but I don't think I can do justice in this short box. Take a camera (and a dry bag for it or a waterproof camera) and don't forget the sunscreen!

Thank Propellerhead76
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We luckily stayed at the Zion Park Lodge so we only had to worry about one shuttle. We started late as we had other plans in the morning. So we got off at stop 9 around 12PM. We hiked with tennis shoes and walking sticks and did just fine. We hiked to the split and back, total of about 3.5-4 hours. The farther you go you will find less people will be around. It was over 100 degrees and being in the water felt great. Be sure to bring water and snacks, we encountered another hiker experiencing heat exhaustion and in need of the ranger/ambulance that is often miles away. No matter your fitness the heat can be overwhelming. The scenery was amazing, we hope to return and have more time.

1  Thank Jessica M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is obviously a must do when at Zion. We took the advice of some hikers we met and rented the neoprene socks and boots from a local nearby shop to do this hike. I’m glad we did, but you could probably do it without them. Water temp the day we hiked was 56, and air temps were 80+. Feet were wet, but warm. Get there as early as you can, or you will be fending off the crowds. We completed the Riverside Walk and got to the trailhead around 10am. I would say we went about 3.5 miles in – past Orderville Canyon and through most Wall Street – you have to go at least to Wall Street or it’s not worth your time! Keep in mind you are hiking through the river, so this will add a considerable amount of time to your hike as you can’t go very fast. This hike was so cool – the colors and scenery change as the sun does, so you aren’t really seeing the same thing twice. I would honestly devote and entire day for this hike. As you continue up the river, the crowds lessen and it was nice with no one around, but beware the crowds near the trailhead. Check the weather forecast before you go, and if there is a chance of rain anywhere, be advised to not hike – it can be sunny in the river, but rain elsewhere can still cause flash floods in the canyon. You have to do this hike!

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