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The Narrows (Top Down) is a 15.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Orderville, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length 15.5 mi Elevation gain 1,017 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Hiking River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky Fee No dogs
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This hike requires a Zion backcountry permit. This unparalleled overnight or extended day hike follows the Virgin River through almost 16 miles of beautiful canyons. The Narrows is perhaps the most famous hike in Zion National Park. Most visitors take the day hike starting at the Temple of Sinawava, but they only get a small taste of this remarkable canyon. A more adventurous option is to take a shuttle to Chamberlain Ranch and walk 15.5 miles through the entire Narrows. You can arrange your own shuttle or pay for a shuttle from a company in Springdale. There are 12 campsites in the Narrows. Sites 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 12 can be reserved online approximately 3 months in advance or through the park's lottery system. The rest of the sites may be reserved at the visitor center 1 day before the trip. Another option is to hike the entire 15.5 miles in a single day. This 12-hour-plus trip also requires a backcountry permit. Starting from the trailhead at Chamberlain Ranch, the first several miles of the hike are very easy, and you stay completely dry. After about 3 miles, the steam banks start rising on either side of the river to form short canyon walls. From this point, you'll have to cross the stream several times and walk in the stream for portions. After about 6 or 7 miles, there is a 12-foot waterfall. An easy trail around the waterfall is found to the left (south) of the waterfall. After about 8 miles, Deep Creek joins the North Fork of the Virgin River on the right, and the water volume more than doubles. This marks the half-way point in terms of distance but not for time. 3/4 mile after Goose Creek, Big Springs will be on your right. No camping is allowed in the last 4.5 miles between Big Springs and the Temple of Sinawava. This section of the Narrows has the deepest water and the tallest canyon walls.

Permits: You will need a Zion backcountry permit for this trip. A total of 40 people can do the narrows each day. There are 24 spaces that are available online, and 16 walk-in spaces. The group size limit is 12. Weather: The water is cold, so plan your trip for a warm/hot day. The park will not let you in the Narrows if there has been rain or there is a forecast for rain, so plan some backup activities just in case. Fees: Entrance to the park - $25 Backcountry reservation fee - $5 (optional) Permit for 1-2 people - $10 Permit for 3-7 people - $15 Permit for 8-12 people - $20 Camping in Watchman Campground (optional): Electric campsites - $18/night Riverside electric campsites - $20/night Tent Only campsites - $16/night If you're on a budget, there is some free camping just outside the park at 37º10'15.64"N, 113º 4'54.32"W.

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Katherine Ampolini
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Looking for shuttle tickets 9/25 anytime - my email is kampolini@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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Jeremy Ecton
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Incredible hike. Filmed the experience in 4k. Can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WIQjt7vb-g&list=PLmZertFtUJJhyNH3OsKA7GLmt4fB7c8uR&index=15

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Vamsi Reddy
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Looking for shuttle one pass on October 9 or 10 or 11. Please send me email kolli.usapp@gmail.com

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Romel Estremadura
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Looking for shuttle tickets for 25 or 26 Sept. romel.estremadura@gmail.com.

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Tiffany Hlaing
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I’m looking for two shuttle tickets on 09/22/2020 or 09/23/2020. Please let me know if you can help! Thank you so much. My email is bannyhong69@gmail.com

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Kelly Raymundo
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Hi I’m looking for 3 early morning shuttle tickets for tomorrow 9/20/20. Would appreciate any help! My email is Kelly.raymundo9@gmail.com

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sarah vincent
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hi all! looking for some shuttle tickets any days between 09/19/2020 - 09/22/2020 ! please email trbosv@gmail.com . thanks ! :)

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Christina Merwin
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Danielle Hintz
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Absolutely amazing experience, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. PLEASE rent the shoes available. I made the mistake of wearing hiking shoes. I still have scars on my ankles from the scabbing and blistering I received as a result.

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Nathaly Canas
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Amazing experience!.

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Annabelle Hackney
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My favorite hike of the weekend! It was such a unique experience being in the water for the majority of the hike. It was a bit cold in the canyon so I would recommend bringing a light long sleeve. Definitely start early as it is absolutely packed by noon (and hot!). Would definitely recommend renting the water shoes and neoprene socks - the rocks are slippery and it’s easy to slip in tennis shoes. The shoes also drain well. It’s all flat but definitely still a challenge!

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Dana Schulte
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Super cool/unique hike! If you enjoy walking in water you will love this. I would 100% recommend renting the water boots and hiking stick from Zion outfitters... it was honestly the best $11 I ever spent. I felt bad for every single person I saw attempt the hike in sandals, water shoes or even tennis shoes. These boots saved me from rolling my ankle at least 15 times. I also recommend going early because it is basically a zoo by noon!

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Sam Oler
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Incredible views the whole way. Even the Drive was amazing, (be prepared to have your feet destroyed)

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Jordan Biehle
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Awesome hike. Canyon starts out fairly wide but narrows toward the center. Sturdy tennis shoes did the trick nicely. Dual hiking poles- is the way to go. Multiple ppl falling into the water or stumbling without poles. Very busy trail for Labor Day Weekend. Early start was perfect after the 7 mile bike ride to the Temple of Sinawava to start the hike!

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Brenna Mickey
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Go early to beat the crowd and heat. Early shuttle tickets are being released 24 hours in advanced and are worth the effort. HIGHLY recommend renting the shoes and bringing poles or renting poles. This hike is mainly in the river and you will need help balancing. It will get up to your waste, or higher, depending how tall you are. Take your time, enjoy the view and don’t worry if you don’t make it the entire way because it’s all incredible!

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Alec Dyson
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Such a cool hike! My favorite hike yet

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Nabil Mouannes
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One of the most beautiful, cool, and unique hikes I’ve ever been on! Loved every second of it. So unique, you’re in some water for about 70% of the hike depending on when in the year you go. 100% worth trying, and even if you don’t make it to the end, it’s a beautiful adventure the entire time.

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Yna Dimaala
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One of the books hike. Must try.

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Brooke Ringler
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One of the coolest things I have ever done! Make sure to book your shuttle ticket the day before for $1, and the shuttle gives you an hour period for getting on. You can buy shoes there, but I just wore my hiking shoes and they dried up very quickly after in the heat. You will definitely be getting wet up to about your waist, so be sure to be dressed accordingly.

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Ece Renkmen
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The best hiking ever. It was a perfect experience. *You need a waterproof shoes for sure.

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Joe Rizzo
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Got there on 1st shuttle and hike was challenging and amazing. Hike out was hectic with so many people heading in.

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Sassy Weinstein
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This trail (the full 15.5 mile top down Narrows trail) along with all backcountry activities is currently closed due to COVID. The recent reviews are referencing the bottom up trail, starting at Temple of Sinawava (last stop on the shuttle). You are still able to walk the bottom up out and back (but cannot do the full 15.5) but this is extremely crowded, especially in the beginning where everyone starts. It is still a cool experience for sure, but definitely not the secluded long hike through the Narrows that we were hoping for. Hopefully next time we are there the backcountry permits will be available again! Still recommend on hot days just to wade in the water and cool down a bit!

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