Zion Narrows

Key information: Zion Narrows

  • Extraordinary deep, narrow slot canyon in the Zion National Park, Utah, arguably the best of its kind in the world.
  • Water-smoothed, red sandstone walls, over 1,000m high in places.
  • Walking in water much of the time; flash floods are a menace, so take precautions. Come prepared for wet and variable canyon conditions.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest19
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma36
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1-2 days
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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Name: WideStride
Posted on: 20/10/2014
This is by far one of the most spectacular, challenging, and fulfilling hikes I have ever gone on. It is a slot canyon with cliffs of varying colors carved by a river over thousands of years rising above you and at points narrowing enough to almost touch the sides. My wife and I hiked the Zion Narrows over two days in early June. We are in our 40's, in average shape (work out 2-3 times per week), hike regularly, and trained with 20lb packs for two weeks walking every other day for about 5-7 miles. The weather was hot and dry, but the water level was still somewhat higher. We took ALL of the advice from the Zion NP website and we recommend you do too, i.e. wet socks, treaded shoes, waterproof packs, etc. They were right, we were wet 100% of the time while hiking since the river is your only path. The air is warm, the water is not, but the view and technical nature of the hike takes away any discomfort you might feel. The is little-to-no direct sun with cliffs on both sides. They give you a poop bag, so be prepared to hike out EVERYTHING. You will need two poles and use them the whole time. We both wore Keen fabric sandals because of the grippy rubber tread and toe guards (important). We cut the cheap elastic shoelace and laced them with good laces. We sealed everything in individual dry bags and used backpacks with hollow aluminum frames that float. This is important because there is some swimming involved. We used a jetboil and freeze dried prepared meals. We camped at site 12 (the last site) and we're glad we did because the second day is challenging and it's nice to clear the waterfall before you go to bed. Beware: You will NOT be able to hike this from top to bottom in 1 day. Two hikers on our ride up thought they could, but there is no way to run, it is too slick. The moment the sun went down, it is pitch black due to no moonlight and a flashlight is useless reflecting off of the water. The nights are very cold in the desert. I inquired about them when we hiked out and all I was told was that they had to be hospitalized.

Walko says brilliant input, very helpful thank you!

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