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.

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1 hour ago

Super crowded when we went and the current was a little strong due to recent rain. Would've been amazing on a different day I'm sure!

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13 hours ago

I did this back in May 2013. This was my first water hike and I loved every minute of it. I brought hiking poles but found that they were more cumbersome than helpful when trying to navigate slippery rocks in shin-deep water. Wearing high quality water shoes with nice tread is a must. Bathing suit bottoms under your hiking shorts is also a must. As is the use of dry bags. There is one section where you must repel down some rocks. I was with a group of people who brought ropes and harnesses, so I'm unsure whether there was already a rope provided that just stays anchored in. In May, the water was cold but not unbearable. After hiking all day in it, I didn't feel like a popsicle. Some areas are more narrow than others, such that you can almost touch the slot canyon walls on either side of you. The deepest the water gets is about waist deep, not counting a couple sections where you have to swim (I pushed my backpack ahead of me while swimming. It was a regular backpack but it managed to float well and stay dry to my surprise). In these sections are great places to cliff jump, but beware of the bats! There are sand bars and rocky outcroppings along way, so it's not too hard to find places to dry off and eat a lunch.

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike with our kids! I would say this was our favorite.

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3 days ago

Amazing views and fun took off on a side canyon that was awesome climbed up a few small waterfalls. Did I his with my hubby and adult children 18, 21,26. Had a great time. Very rocky. Rent some shoes.

We walked the Narrows until Wallstreet. Fell 3 times. Loved every moment. Perfect day!

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4 days ago

Great hike. Will be back to do the Narrows hike.

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4 days ago

Great hike. Will be back to do the Narrows hike.

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