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, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and canoeing and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

canoeing

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
5 hours ago

Beautiful paved trail along the virgin river. An absolute must for anyone seeking an easy trail with excellent views.

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2 days ago

This hike is magical, amazing, gorgeous...whatever hyperbole people use to describe this - it's actually very fitting. This is worthy of anyone's bucket list. We went in on a beautiful summer day in June - just a little ways into Mystery Canyon and then back. Every corner you round is another breathtaking view, that transports you back in time.

I'd recommend renting the neoprene shoes/socks/walking stick combo from Zion Outfitters right outside the park. It's easy to roll an ankle if you're careless with all the rocks in the river, plus they'll keep your feet a bit warmer. Take your time and enjoy the view!

The only downside (if you can really nitpick), is it's extremely crowded and the shuttle line was like an hour. Try to get on the first one of the day if you can!

You won't regret choosing this hike! I want to go back someday and do the Top-Down and camp - EPIC!

3 days ago

A hit with many, many people.

hiking
4 days ago

The riverside walk is an easy hike up to the Narrows- you can actually go off the paved area and hike the dirt path next to the river

5 days ago

My favorite. The walk/hike is fun. Makes you concentrate. And you meet nice people along the way. Bring a walking stick or rent one. I recommend renting the waterproof socks from Zion Outfitters and shoes. You’ll drop 25$. But it’s worth it. Water is NOT that cold. If you do Zion and don’t do The Narrows you will be sorry.

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walking
8 days ago

More of an afternoon stroll than a hike. Still beautiful and worth it. Plus you have to walk this to get to the Narrows.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

Extremely busy! If you like to take photos you have to hike a while in before you are not surrounded in a sea of people. Gorgeous and perfect when there are less people. Packed our gear in trash bags,paper towel for padding, and waterproof bags in case we slipped and fell . The river is slick and if you aren't careful or wander into faster currents you can lose your footing. Both my boyfriend and I didn't fall, but if you are carrying gear be prepared just in case. You can get awesome shots of the water with a neutral density filter. Worth the hike and the about hour long shuttle ride to the stop.

hiking
9 days ago

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10 days ago

Really busy...we had our 6 and 3 yr old with us...the wait times and crowds took away from the experience a little...eventually went off the trail and just hung out by the river. Was less crowded and more fun.