Explore the most popular river trails in Zion National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome! Got on 6am shuttle to miss the crowds.

Hiked over 4 miles (for about 4 hours) up the river and still never got to the springs. Most of the people coming back also didn’t make it, and one couple said we had another 1-2 hours from where we were (already had hiked over 4 hours). So while beautiful and a very fun experience, don’t expect to get to the final destination and back in the 8.5 hour window. The trek back isn’t much shorter since you aren’t climbing elevation and have to be careful of current pushing you. That being said, it is totally worth it and beautiful! If you go up past the fork there will be a bit less traffic. To the left is to the springs and you may eventually get to places that are chest deep. To the right is less water and not as many people but there are some tricky places where you need to climb and lift yourself up. We went a little ways in both directions. I recommend a walking stick. If you get there early or late in the day you can pick up a natural one just before you wade into the river at the “informal walking stick exchange area”. That’s what we did. I work hiking sandals and my friend wore regular hiking boots. You’re wet the whole time basically and the hike back is easy so waterproof footwear isn’t a necessity if you are dedicating the whole day to this hike and don’t need your gear to dry out right away.

Great view from the top. Last mile is flat. The rocks on the way are beautifully colored.

Great hike with amazing views. We started just before 9am and about half of the switchbacks were in the shade. There were maybe 20-30 people at the summit, but it's a large area with lots of space to have a snack in front of a gorgeous view.

beautiful walk

We loved our hike on The Narrows. I was a little nervous about it but we picked the best clear blue sky day we could and went for it on the first shuttle of the day. I can't emphasize how important that is insofar as crowds go. Rented boots and poles, wore shorts and a couple of layers on top. Placed phones and snacks in waterproof bags and wore a day pack. We crisscrossed the river and learned very quickly how to navigate the current & river rocks. Our deepest part of the water was maybe hip high. It got more beautiful the deeper in we hiked. We went as far as Wall Street and then turned. Beautiful both directions. Lots of people were headed in as we were finishing. So glad we got out early. Do overs: I'd stick a pair of Keens or Tevas in my pack to make the walk back on the sidewalk so not to have to walk in the river boots. All I can say is it's a beautiful thing. So glad we did it!

There isn't a bad trail in Zion. This one was an easy hike. We hiked both the upper and lower emerald pools. As with all of the hikes we did in Zion, we got out on the first shuttle and it made a huge difference in crowds and temperature. Beautiful!

I was proposed to at the observation point. such an amazing view!

We were here in the off season and it snowed. The hike was very pretty and offered some good views, but the pools were rather anticlimactic. I think the trail would be better enjoyed in the spring when everything is in bloom or in the fall (just not winter). I would also recommend going after a good rain - the water running off all the falls would be an amazing sight I'm sure and that would make this hike much better.

3 days ago

Really fun and relaxing hike, compared to the heat of previous hikes in this park. Recommend renting the boots/socks/stick to stabilize and keep balance as well as insulate.

4 days ago

If you’re a beginner hiker than it’s a decent trail. Definitely a tourist trap, lots of people! The high foot traffic takes away from any of the fun. The pools are more like puddles which is a little disappointing. If you want to do something easy and to go for a nice walk than it’s fine. If you’re looking for something more challenging I would choose a different trail.

The trail is a gradual up-climb for the majority of the hike so be prepared. It gets flat for the last half mile or so which is a nice breather. All in all it’s a challenging hike but very doable and the view is worth it. Incredible!

Amazing experience!

Superb views along the way. Challenging elevation changes with heavy pack but so worth the hike since the views are spectacular along the way. Map distances are inaccurate when using GPS. Bring water!

Great vistas throughout the hike. Be prepared for multiple river crossings and ready to hike in miles of sand! Elevation changes vary and super fun and challenging when packing all of your gear. Bring bug repellent! No water sources until Beauty springs.

We did this trail last week. The trail is very sandy so expect to get a good workout. It is relatively flat until you reach the descent into the valley to the campsite. The valley itself has stunning views especially during sunrise. Expect to get your feet wet in the valley as you are going to cross the creek about a dozen times until you reach the hop valley campsite. The portion of the trail from the campsite to the Kolob arch does contain some steep hills but the view of the arch itself is worth it once you arrive. The arch is off in the distance and is easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention to the signs. Relatively few people were walking this trail so it was a great way to get great scenery in without the crowds.

One of the best hikes! Tons of beautiful scenery with lots of variety!!! The climb is more gradual than expected with lots of switchback in the beginning. The trail is paved most of the way too. There are lots of steep, cliff drop offs but the trail is wide enough so it’s not scary unless you are really afraid of heights. Definitely a must do hike!!!

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Loved this. It gets narrower the father you go. I had good hiking shoes and wool socks which worked well. I had a tracking pole. This is a lot of fun!

7 days ago

Easy walk

7 days ago

Loved this hike. View back down Zion is awesome. Fun to look down on Angels Landing. If you want a thrill, take a peek just off the trail over the drop off to the right, before you get to the end, but be careful! Otherwise, nothing hairy to deal with.

Need to get there early to beat the crowds at parking lot.

Nice easy paved trail along the river. This leads to the start of the Narrows trail.

Simply amazing. Did this in August of last year. Get on the first bus that will take you to the trailhead. That way you beat the crowds AND the afternoon heat. We finished in about 6 hours - that included photo stops along the way.

Amazing views and a good workout.

If I didnt want a longer hike this ones good. I did it when I finished hidden canyon late afternoon. The observation deck was popular earlier but near the end of the day not many people were there.

Yes, its short and busy, but oh so beautiful. Don't miss this one. Photos cannot do the cascading water justice.

fun! rent the canyoneering shoes and neoprene booties worth it. the side canyon was cool too.

Deal with slightly steep grade incline switchbacks and navigate some steep drop off points and you earn arguably the best view in the park.

10 days ago

Fairly easy hike with some beautiful scenery along the way. The pools are pretty unique!

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