Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging
The Zion Narrows route is the most popular hike in Zion Park, and one of the world’s best canyon hikes. It is pure fun and can be tailored to suite any ability level. The trail is the Virgin River. Plan on being wet. In fact, the cool water makes this hike particularly pleasant during the hot months of summer.
Most people hike in casually from the bottom, going as far as they feel comfortable or have time and then turning back. Serious hikers start at the top and do the entire 16 miles as a long day hike or an overnight backpack. (Permits are required if you start at the top.)
Plan on spending 60% of your time in the water and the remaining time walking on the riverbank. For most of the hike the water is less than knee-deep, but there is always the chance you’ll step into a pool that is waste-deep or deeper. The longest exposure to waist-deep water is usually only about 20 yards.
Location: Zion Canyon
Difficulty: Easy to strenuous
Length: Variable, up to 16 miles
Weather: Hiking is not permitted when the river is high from runoff or flash flooding. Runoff mostly occurs in April and early May. Late summer thunderstorms occasionally produce flooding. Check at the visitor center for current conditions. Hiking is usually very pleasant during summer and fall. Few people hike during winter and spring, when the water is cold, but some go in wearing wet or dry suits.
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