Hiking the Zion Narrows

The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park. I’ve seen many videos on You Tube and I was inspired to try it out. Unlike all of the other hikes that we have done, this hike would be through the water. Unique with a strong hint of challenge…right down our alley.


It was tough to coordinate when we would do this hike as we went during rainy season and there is always the possibility of flash flooding during this time. When we went the water current was pretty strong. They had warnings at the visitor centre but it is something to keep in mind if you are going.

There is a mile long hike down the riverside walk trail before you start the hiking in the water. It felt much longer on our way out. Our hike lasted for about 4.5 hours, we really took our time. There are rocks under the water that you can’t see and with a wrong step there is always the possibility of an injury. I was surprised to see a few people going barefoot. I was in my water shoes and Charlene was wearing Keen’s water shoes. I stubbed my toes on some rocks a few times but we made it through without hassle.




The scenery was amazing and this was unlike any hike that I’ve done before and should definitely be on your list when visiting Zion National Park.

Some tips for people doing the hike:

    • Wear proper footwear (something that grips to rocks and can get wet)

    • Bring a walking stick (we didn’t have one and it would have made life so much easier)

    • Bring a waterproof bag for your camera (we had a backpack we used but should have had a dry sack)

    • As with all hiking bring lots of water and a few snacks

4 thoughts on “Hiking the Zion Narrows

  1. Hey, If you are ever in utah again and need advice on hikes, hit me up. I write about hiking in southern utah. And the narrows is an awesome hike! I am thinking about going back to Zion this weekend.

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