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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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 193 ft 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

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Getting There

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.

Zion Park Fees Private Vehicle $25 for 7 days Zion Pass $50 annual Pedestrian/Bike $12 for 7days Oversized Vehicle Fee 2 x in 7days Backcountry Permit $10 Park at the Zion Visitors Center and take the shuttle. From October 27 through March 31, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to private vehicles. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Citations are issued for violations of signed no parking areas, traffic obstruction, and damage to resources or government property. Restrooms and water filling station available at the trailhead.

Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767-1099 Visitor Information 1-435-772-3256 http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/thenarrows.htm

Be careful on the rocks as they tend to be slippery. Water shoes are recommended if you are planning to venture further up the Narrows to prevent slipping and cutting your feet. Paved trail can be icy in winter. Be aware of the danger of entering the Narrows during thunderstorms or heavy rainstorms that in flash floods water rises rapidly and the quick and heavy flow can cause injury or death due to fast moving debris or being swept away and drowning.

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance. Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward along Highway 9 to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Board one of the shuttle buses and ride it six miles to roads end and the Temple of Sinawava monument. More info on getting to Zion: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Dulce Natalie
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Joe Ryan
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Keep in mind you need to reserve a shuttle to this trail head. No cars allowed. The park shuttles go quickly in advance, but there are private companies (I paid $40) that will take you there and rent equipment. I recommend the earliest possible. It’s beautiful the way the sun changes in the canyon and there are MUCH fewer people. I went 5 miles in and saw amazing sites. I wore tevas with no socks and my feet were a little beaten up after but it was doable. The hiking stick helped me tremendously.

B Sommer
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Hiking poles are a must. Wore wool socks with Tevas and it was decent. Started late (10 am) and it was extremely crowded, but trickled down as we got deeper. Returning in the late PM (3'30) felt like Disneyland (with the crowds and long lines). We were the minority whobwore a mask.

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P Lee
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Fun and gorgeous hike. Gf and I did it yesterday. got to the temple at 7 am with ZAC. there was maybe a hand full of hikers. Glad we rented boots, socks and walking stick. its not necessary but it sure made it very comfortable. We made it past wall street. stopped for lunch and returned. on our way back, it got super packed. i cant imagine how busy it would be on a weekend. so if you are thinking of going, head there early to enjoy the place to yourself. we are looking to return.

Mallorie Popovich
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Such a good time. I went in tennis shoes, I don’t think it’s necessarily to rent the waterproof shoes/poles, felt just fine without them!

Spyro Poppadopolous
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Great easy trail to get warmed up for the narrows. The narrows is definitely a must!!

Jordan Martinez
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Not much to say about this river walk except how great it is! A bit of incline and decline and exactly a mile long (2 in and out). This is a great warm up (and later, cool down) for a long day hiking through the Narrows in the river.

Nelida Pelayo
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This was an awesome trail with beautiful views. You definitely need good hiking/water shoes and a walking stick. It was a hot day but walking in the water helped keep your body cool. There is a lot of shade but in the areas where the sun was out, I noticed that the rocks in the water were really slippery. We went two and a half hours in, before heading back. Overall it was a great experience!

Andy Andersen
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Nice, family friendly walk near the river. There is a footpath which is easy to walk on

Stephanie Young
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Beautiful hike! Good water shoes and a walking stick recommended. Took a right time close to 3 miles in to find the famous hallway. Lots or obstacles along the way but worth the view.

Stan Miles
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oisin willis
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I was the first one off the 6am shuttle! I sprinted towards the start with another girl from New York as we set off down the riverbed. She made it to 4 miles before deciding to turn back. I had the narrows to myself! I went 8 miles deep before turning back, totalling 16 miles. I found the hike relatively easy up until the waterfall at around mile five. from 5-8 there was so many difficult paths to take. There was an element of fear being out there by myself knowing that something could go wrong but I was prepared for the worst and had adequately packed my bag incase an overnight stay was needed. Overall, I loved the hike and I can't wait to get back to Utah to do it from the top down! photos @oisinwillis

Colin O'Connor
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Stephanie Dafnides
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Easy trail to get to the Narrows.

Jesse Martinez
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Alicia Gavrilis
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One of the coolest trails you’ll ever do. If you hike into the narrows you 100% need a walking stick/trekking poles and closed toed shoes. You can rent boots for the trail from Zion outfitters or just wear a really old pair of sneakers you don’t mind tossing after. Lovely scenery!

Magana Ventures
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The narrows were absolutely amazing! The weather was hot so it felt so nice hiking up the river. I will be making a youtube video on my narrows hike real soon! My youtube name is Magana Ventures. But for now, I uploaded an amazing bike ride on the scenic drive from stop 9 (the narrows) down to park entrance. This is the absolute best way to see Zion! Also I uploaded a video on the paved portion of the hike! I'll leave the links below, check them out! Scenic Bike Ride: https://youtu.be/fgFyVT8AAqM Zion Narrows Riverside Walk: https://youtu.be/wSE5sNfhwkQ

Stacey Hayden
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Amazing trail! Did this in July. It was crowded but okay. I brought Tevas for the water and ended up putting my hiking shoes back on. Much easier with hiking shoes. I would suggest a walking stick too.

Christina Harris
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This is mostly an easy trail walk. It’s gorgeous and has lots of shade. In non covid times I would rate this 5/5. However there were so many people we ended up not going past the river walk to the Narrows. There were hundreds on the trail and hundreds wading across. Then an hour wait in line with no social distancing requirements to hop the shuttle down. We loved every moment of Zion but word of warning, this hike during covid is probably a bad idea unless they are willing to space visitors out more.

Teagan Webb
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Great trail, but incredibly busy even in the midst of Covid (and not very many masks). The first bit of the river crossings after the riverside walk were not too difficult to cross without poles, but we really wanted to go further in and decided against it because we were holding our cameras and it seemed to risky. If you're doing another hike that requires the shuttle in the same day as this hike and you want to bring your cameras and stuff for the other hike, I would suggest getting two separate shuttle times so you can go back and forth and drop of your stuff before going to the Narrows. That way, you have the option to go much further into the water and presumably seem some even cooler parts of the canyon.

Chuck Mallett
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My favorite hike out of seven national parks in one trip. Hiking in a river through a canyon is an awesome experience. I would definitely wear hiking shoes or boots, they will give you a better grip on slick, round river rocks. We went almost a mile upriver and the deepest section was mid thigh on me (6 ft. tall). I highly recommend this hike for anyone in the area. Rules for entry into Zion National Park are fluctuating right now so check before you go.

Lina Cheng
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Shelley Stotz
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The Narrows trail’s hype is well worth it!see it for yourself and some helpful hints on getting in summer2020! https://youtu.be/oZXr-V2ieeU

Brett Acuff
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Do this trail in the evening. We did it around 5:00pm on a Tuesday in July and we were basically the ONLY people walking up the trail and not back towards the shuttle stop. It is an easy walk as it is completely paved. The hanging gardens on the walk are amazing so keep an eye on the cliff walls that run along the path. The squirrels have been fed before and they come up to you looking for food. Absolutely DO NOT feed the wildlife ever as they become dependent on humans providing food and will ultimately end up dying. The trail offers quite a few spots of river access and you can get some really good photos. This is a very busy trail as it leads to The Narrows hike (Top 2 most popular hikes in the park). This is a great, relaxing hike if you can beat the crowds.

Chris Rolbiecki
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We did this hike at 8am and the crowds were starting to form. They are only letting shuttles in or if you have reservations. It’s hard to get a shot without having someone else in the frame. This hike is pretty easy but you need to be cautious of slippery rocks bring a stick. The views are outstanding this is a must do hike!

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Mac McCarthy
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This was an incredible hike. Get an early shuttle and hike in the morning before it gets busy.

Clayton Vincent
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Actually much better than I was expecting. It is very short up to the creek, then all of the hiking from then on is actually through mostly shin deep water. It seems you can keep going as far as you want. Even with all the people, it was very fun and I would recommend. Just make sure to bring shoes you don't mind completely submerging in water for a long period of time.

Stephen Houghton
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Favorite hike I’ve ever done with kids. They absolutely loved wading in the water.

Valerie Dynda
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Lovely hike! I completed this in March 2019 and while it was busy, it wasn’t terrible. Just a nice peaceful walk along the water, really great for the family.

Brandon Johnson
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Very easy mile to the water of the Narrows. Beautiful scenery - yet for me the other hikes of Angel’s Landing and Canyon Overlook and the like have views and beauty that doesn’t require the needed elements (shoes/pole/stick) and are more to my liking. Still a great place to go and experience as you will most likely never do anything else like it.

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