A Complete Guide  to Hiking



The Narrows hike is one of Zion National Park's most iconic experiences. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime hike. Here is everything you need to know about doing the Narrows hike!

The Basics

Distance: 4-9 miles (~5-8 hours), out and back Elevation Gain: 334 feet Zion admission: $35 (valid for 7 days)

What is the Narrows hike

The Narrows are a stretch of the North Fork of the Virgin River that is the narrowest part of the Zion Canyon.  The walls tower up to 1000 feet high, and the narrowest part is 20-30 feet.

Best time to hike

The best time to do the Narrows hike (and to visit Zion National Park) is during late spring and summer, when the water temperatures are warmest and water levels are lowest.

How long is it?

While the Narrows hike spans 16 miles, day hikers are only permitted to go to Big Springs, 4.5 miles in. Most people attempt to reach Wall Street, the narrowest part, about 2 miles in.

Where does it start?

The beginning of the Narrows is from the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop (#9). From here, hike along the 1 mile Riverside Walk to reach the beginning of the Narrows.

What to wear/bring

Do note that the Narrows hike involves walking directly in the river. There are lots of slippery rocks, so wearing water shoes and bringing a walking stick/trekking poles are recommended. 

Weather in Zion 

Zion National Park (and the Narrows hike) are prone to flash floods. Always check for updates on warnings or trail closures and DO NOT attempt to hike when there is a risk of flash floods!