The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

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The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from March until October.

1.9 miles 379 feet Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Walk through the water between high canyon walls as a nice way to cool off in Zion National Park. The Riverside Walk Trail is a relatively flat, easy paved out and back trail located at the end of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive that travels alongside the Virgin River to the mouth of the Narrows. There are water filling stations at the trail head where the shuttle buses drop off as well as restrooms. There are sandy areas near the end near the entrance to the Narrows where you can cool your feet in the cool waters. Go as far as you like up the river but step carefully, as the water can get chest high in some places.

hiking
3 days ago

We could only do part of this hike but was a very gentle and easy walk up to the river. When we got to the river we attempted it in bare feet and was just too cold after about 1/4 mile. Definitely would love to do it again in the summer.

10 days ago

20 days ago

It was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. Definitely nothing to rigorous but choppy at times thanks to the different sized rocks and boulders in the river.

21 days ago

22 days ago

Easy stroll through a beautiful part of the park. Recommend it after a long hike the day prior.

hiking
28 days ago

You have to see this if you go to Zion. It is the last stop of the bus tour, then you take a short, easy walk to where the cliffs come together. We saw several rock climbers in this area too. People wade out into the creek and can hike the Narrows if you brought the correct shoes. Very cool.

walking
1 month ago

A nice comfortable walk on a mostly paved trail ending at the Virgin River. If you intend to walk into The Narrows plan on getting the water proof pants and shoes and a walking stick. The water moves pretty quickly even for shin deep which may cause you to slip on rocks. The water is pretty chilly, somewhat refreshing.

hiking
1 month ago

A great easy walk in the river. Amazing views. Get prepared for wetting you feet and lower calf.

1 month ago

Very unique hike. We rented canyoneering shoes and walking sticks which I highly recommend if you're going beyond the trail into the river. After about a mile on a paved trail you continue to the river for up to another 3-4 miles. You'll pretty much always be in the water which can be up to waist deep. The hike is totally flat but takes a lot of energy because you have to constantly pay attention to where you're stepping in the water. 1000 foot walls on either side... haven't done anything like that before. Only downside is that it's a very busy hike, lots of people.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Unique!

hiking
2 months ago

Very unique hike...love the slot canyons. Would def do it again

hiking
2 months ago

ABSOLUTELY loved the Narrows. Such a nice relaxing hike in comparison to doing Angels Landing the day before. The first part of the trail is pretty sunny, but eventually, once you have to walk through the water, it gets pretty cool. Make sure you wear water shoes and shorts so that you can trek through the water. It's totally worth it. Beautiful views! If we had more time, we would've went farther in!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful place. Unfortunately for me when I went the water was pretty high and we couldn't go very far back into the narrows...

hiking
2 months ago

An easy stroll along the river with lots of water access. Great for kids or adults looking for something beautiful and chill. A family favorite.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy walk with great scenery and a wade in the Virgin River at the end as a reward.

hiking
2 months ago

My family loves this hike and we will do it again before we leave. We rented the water shoes from the outfitters that came w/ neoprene socks and a walking stick for $24 / person. In hindsight, we could have done this hike in old sneakers. The walking stick is a must for support while crossing a few of the river areas that the water is running fast though. Very scenic. Great place to hike on a hot day. Great views and and tons of photo ops. If your coming to Zion this has to be on your list of hikes. Getting to the Narrows is a easy on the Riverside Walk which is paved the entire way from the bus to the start of the Narrows trail up the Virgin river. Enjoy your hike!

2 months ago

This has been my favorite hike I have done. If you love water you will love this hike! Be prepared to get at least waist deep from time to time. I hiked in an old pair of Asics running shoes without a problem.

2 months ago

This is probably one of my favorite hikes anywhere. You need great water shoes as most of the hike is in the Virgin river itself. Amazing views of the canyon from the canyon floor. The trail is crowded for the first half mile or mile buy thins out more and more with each mile you travel.