The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

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Zion National Park

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.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 193 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
2 days ago

Great first trail at Zion! Arrived at 730am and parked at lodge and 4 mile hike back to the trailhead as the parking lot back there was full. Water is cold but you get used to it. Definitely recommend hiking boots and stick or poles. Luckily we caught a ride back to our vehicle to save from the long walk back!

4 days ago

this was a perfect start to our day in Zion. my 5 kids (12, 10, 8, 7, 5) all had a blast. the cool breezes and shade would have made it a nice afternoon hike as well.

hiking
5 days ago

By far our favorite thing at the Zion! I went Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. by myself and lined up to get in. It was pitch black but I found other cars parked ahead of me waiting as well. Parking lot at the trailhead might hold about 30 cars, I'm not quite sure. Walked the trail at sunrise and it's absolutely gorgeous. Later that day, around 5:30 p.m. they began letting cars go up again as it was completely full about 30 minutes after I arrived earlier that morning. My teen boys absolutely loved getting in the water and walking a ways through the river. It is truly that awesome! Water is very cold and the current was fast in several spots. We had flimsy water shoes knowing we weren't going to do a whole lot of walking through the Narrows. We were fine for about an hour, then pretty chilled. Would recommend for older children, not young kids due to the fast current. At times the water is waist deep on a 6 foot adult. If you're debating on whether to do it my answer is YES! It was an amazing experience!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike to the Narrows bottom up. The parking lot was packed so we had to walk in a little but this trail is super family-friendly. If you attempt going past this hike into the Narrows, make sure to have a strong stick, it'll go a long way.

hiking
8 days ago

We walked about 6 miles in and it was totally worth it although it does get hard- you’ll have to climb rocks/waterfalls to keep going. Would definitely do it again!

11 days ago

This trail is so much fun, its a must if you haven't tried it!

Good paved trail, other dirt paths closer to the river. This trail is also good for wildlife, because on this trail we saw two Mule Deer and a lot of friendly squirrels.

nature trips
12 days ago

had a great time. shuttles are down and parking fills up fast. recommend being one of the first cars when they open or later in afternoon when people leave and they let more in. its a 8mile hike just to get to the beginning of narrows from the scenic entrance. water was little cold but got used to it and had a blast. Wear hiking boot not water shoes and bring hiking sticks

12 days ago

absolutely beautiful. the water is freezing but we jumped in anyways and after a few minutes you get used to it. definitely plan on going again this year

hiking
12 days ago

Super easy

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail, was perfect as a build-up to our hike up the Narrows.

hiking
15 days ago

Super easy trail. Would be great for kids. You walk all the way up until you get in for The Narrows, which was closed due to water level. There’s lots of trickling water and hanging gardens. Good river access spots, places for a hammock and wading in. Also some small rapids. Would bring bug spray.

hiking
16 days ago

It was raining day

hiking
1 month ago

This walk is very easy and offers nice views of the river. However, out of all the trails I did in Zion this was my least favorite... the other trails offer more challenge and way better views. If I weren’t hiking the actual narrows I probably wouldn’t have done this trail. It’s perfect for those looking for something very easy. It is paved and offers several sitting spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome!! If you do the whole thing, it’s intense and exhausting but it’s totally worth it. Lots of walking against the stream and often times you get into waist deep or even deeper water. Definitely eat beforehand for stamina and pack tons of water. Pace yourself! It’s absolutely gorgeous; one of my favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but not challenging. There’s better to offer in Zion. Would be good for small children or older folk though! Wish the river wasn’t so high so the narrows would’ve been open...

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short walk for the kiddos. We stared with this one on our day and it was a good choice to warm up to Angels Landing. We have a four and five year. Flat almost the entire way and paved - neat seeing the walls of the canyon closing in to become the narrows. Lots of squirrels! They can get aggressive and take food out of your kids hands so careful. The rivers were well loved by my boys too.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail that ends right where you can start hiking in the river to The Narrows.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike into The Narrows from Riverside Trail. Highly recommend getting waders if you're planning on hiking up the river, Zion Outfitter in Springdale has all the equipment rentals you need!

2 months ago

We walked this paved trail until the end, but couldn't walk into the Narrows as river was too high. Very beautiful, easy grades.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the easier trails. Definitely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Very well maintained, paved trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Got to the park early and rode the shuttle all the way to the last stop to avoid the crowds. There were a few groups decked out in waterproof gear to hike the Narrows, but otherwise we had the place to ourselves. So stunning you’ll find your neck starting to hurt from looking up at the top of the cliffs on either side. Someday we’ll do the Narrows as a family, but this was perfect on a very chilly March morning to give the kids their first taste of ZION N.P.!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy trail with the option to go down closer to the river in certain areas. The river was beautiful. Went in the rain/snow so the waterfalls were in full motion. I learned that people wait for the rain to see the waterfalls, as it can be rare so don’t let the rain deter you! A great paved hike for a beginner. It only gets better the farther in you go.

hiking
2 months ago

A very pretty, easy hike. Also wheelchair accessible!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of ppl. Start early!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of the narrows. It’s paved the whole way.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful pathway and super easy hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail, water was very cold

hiking
3 months ago

this is a paved trail and great for any skill level. there are some hills where the paved trail goes over fallen rocks. we saw people of all ages and fitness levels. It is beautiful and shouldn't be missed even if you're an adventurer.

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