The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

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The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The Narrows may close during extreme weather conditions (flash flood warnings). Please check conditions before visiting: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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. Zion National Park has a shuttle system that operates in a loop and brings guests between the visitor center and various stops along the way. For a map, please visit Zion National Park's website.

hiking
14 hours ago

Yes, very crowded in the beginning because it is lots of fun for kids (and adults) to walk and play in the water when temperature goos up to 39 degrees. Just walk on and walk into the canyon on your right side when you arrive a fork. Beautiful and a little more challeging because of the waterfalls we had to pass. Very nice and almost nobody there. (Mystery Canyon)

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Hike itself would be beautiful if there weren’t a million people!! Ruined the entire experience. Kids throwing giant rocks, fighting with the walking sticks, running past people knocking them down, people smoking and blowing it in your face. There were even people carrying boom boxes! If you want to enjoy peace and nature this is NOT the hike to do in July! If you could do this hike with a fraction of the people it would be magical.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike looks SO much better in pictures. I wouldn't recommend this if you have weak ankles and bad balance. Picture walking on slippery bowling balls the entire time through currents. Some parts easier than others but honestly it was just more stressful than anything else. The amount of people was insane. Unfortunately we got there around 11am, I would absolutely try to get there earlier. It's very easy to lose your balance and fall in the water so getting a hiking stick is personal preference. I thought it was easier without one, talking to many others who had sticks said it was difficult to find a spot for the stick and then find a spot for your foot before your next step. The water felt extremely refreshing and was perfect temperature. It is definitely not shaded the whole time was mostly sun (mid afternoon in July, please consider) over all, I would not do this hike again. Very pretty though, that is the only Positive.

hiking
5 days ago

Super busy. Stay away from the shoe and walking stick rental. The narrows can easily be done with a pair of hiking shoes or decent running shoes. Great hike for kids!! They all loved the water.

hiking
5 days ago

Please know what you are getting into and prepare accordingly. A sturdy stick is a must and don't wear or bring anything that you don't want to get wet.

hiking
5 days ago

My family and I hiked this on July 8 . We were in awe most of the time . We hiked up to Orderville Canyon and back . I highly recommend renting the neoprene socks , boots and walking stick from Zion outfitters unless you own the gear. The river bottom is ALL big rocks and footing is a challenge at times . Also get there early . We got to the outfitter when they opened ( 7:00 am ) and we’re on the shuttle before 8:00 am . Get the gear the night before and take the first shuttle back . We got lucky on the hike in because it wasn’t crowded yet and the place had some serenity. On the way back just after 12:00 pm we were facing a sea of humanity heading towards us . It was like an amusement park and we couldn’t wait to get out of there . This is my only reason for not giving this place 5 stars . It was beautiful!

hiking
6 days ago

I did love this trail once we got to the water. The only downside is that there were literally so many people there today that it was not enjoyable until we got to the water. And even once we got to the water we had to hike about 1 mile to escape the crowds.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail, amazing views!!!! Definitely I’ll come back to hike to the narrows.

hiking
7 days ago

After the river walk, we walked in the water for 3 hours round trip. My son went up to the fork and he saw people keep going. We were wearing water shoes and walked with hiking poles. Many people were wearing rental water boots and walking with rental wooden sticks. You can get them at Zion gear rental by the main entrance. Water was refreshing at 103 degrees. We went at 1:00pm and left at 4:00pm and water level had gone up. Just be mindful and prepared to get wet to the belly.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful for photography, arrive during winter so we encounter snow.

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rocky
9 days ago

Highly recommend The Narrows! The trail is often closed due to dangerous currents and water levels. When it’s open, it’s a must-do in Zion. Young kids and inexperienced hikers can splash around in the water at the end of the riverside path, which is where you can first enter the river. Able-bodied and experienced hikers should continue at least as far as “Wall Street” (just beyond the fork in the canyon) approximately 2 hours up canyon. The crowds thin out the further you go, and the views only get better! We rented wooden walking sticks from Zion Adventure Co. which were really helpful while navigating the frequent river crossings. You can rent neoprene socks and boots there as well, but we just wore old tennis shoes and wool socks. The water can be cold, but it feels good on a hot day! Expect to find yourself in water most of the hike, from ankle-deep to waist-deep at times. You can do this one in the middle of the day because the steep canyon walls block most of the direct sunlight.

hiking
9 days ago

We did this trail in the afternoon and the deeper you go into the canyon the better the views! This is a must do hike at Zion!

hiking
9 days ago

Nice walk but crowded. Easy. Actually going down to the river was pretty fun. That was the kids' favorite part.

hiking
12 days ago

You need heavy duty shoes and wooden stick - have a great hike!!!!

hiking
13 days ago

This trail was ridiculously crowded! Beautiful hike up the virgin river in Zion National Park. There is ankle all the way up to chest deep water, slippery rocks, and again, SO Crowded! wear water hiking shoes, and bring a hiking stick.

hiking
14 days ago

Loved this trail. It was crowded but it’s one of the star attractions at Zion. The Virgin River was 49f that day . It is a must see and do but being prepared is a good idea of you plan to test out water hiking. Triple your ziplocks to protect your phone,take plenty of water, some good quality hiking shoes and a pole to help stabilize yourself against the current. I found that marching helped a lot more than walking and it was a great time!

hiking
15 days ago

The river walk hike did not disappoint, it was so refreshing to walk on the river as the weather was hot while enjoying the views. I will definitely come back to continue the hike to the narrows.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice scenic trail that follows the river and leads you to the Narrows. Very crowded but still pretty.

hiking
17 days ago

rent the water shoes and socks with a single wooden stick hiking pole. Go as early as possible and make it to wall street. where the second river comes in. you won't be disappointed! We completed the hike under 90 cfs and didn't go above belly button deep (we could have, but didn't have to)

hiking
17 days ago

You can use this map to hike inside The Narrows. The GPS tracking went haywire in here. Not really a problem as there's really just one way to go... At least until you get to the split, but you can look at the map to see which way to go. Right dead ends. Did this with my wife and 8 year old daughter. We had a trekking pole each and teva type shoes. No special gear was needed.

hiking
20 days ago

As this trail is NOT the famous NARROWS but the trail leading to the narrows, it was a great, quick hike. It is paved and therefore pretty easy. It has some ups and downs and had many children on the path. If you are not sure if you want to actually hike the Narrows you can continue to the end, check out the craziness of the Narrows and then turn around and head back out. There are many side paths to get closer to the river, to stop and take some amazing pictures and to have a quick rest. Great easy hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Showed up at 8, waited for shuttle for 45 min, started at 9, went 3.5 mi to fork. Very cold otw, hot otw back. Back at shuttle at 230.

hiking
22 days ago

This is not The Narrows, but rather the paved trail alongside a river that people use to get to The Narrows. It’s overly crowded and the views are OK. The Narrows were closed when we went there but there were still easily 500 people here. Nice place to have a bite by the river, dip your toes in, but all that is at the beginning so there isn’t a point to walking the trail. It’s the same view the whole way. There are so many nice Zion trails to do instead of this :)

hiking
22 days ago

This was a very cool experience! I wore Chacos... not the greatest idea.... the rocks in the river are massive and hard to maneuver through. If I was to do this over again I will be renting the poles and heavy duty shoes meant for this hike. We didn’t make it too far due to myself and my husbands shoe choices. If you want a good experience and want to be able to do as much of this hike as you can have good sturdy poles and a good pair of shoes

Water flow was still high, about 105, river difficult to cross for this 105 lb girl once the water was over my knees. Took 2 hiking poles, needed! The temp felt great! We just walked up a couple of bends into the river. Can't wait to try it when the flow is much lower, and planning to rent the water hiking shoes that a lot of people had.

hiking
25 days ago

Definitely enjoyed this beautiful hike, beautiful views and enjoyable hike. Bring trekking poles or stout walking sticks if possible.

hiking
26 days ago

Very crowded paved trail. Too bad the Narrows was closed due to high water.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked out to the narrows in March. Very enjoyable hike.

Way to many people, narrows closed

hiking
1 month ago

Great for family hikes with young kids.

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