Hiking at The Zion Narrows, one of our favorite hike!

To be honest the hike at the Narrows isn’t our favorite hike at the Zion national park, the Angels landing is but I can assure you that the Narrows is aswell very awesome!

The day before our hike we went to the visitor center to make sure that there was not a Flash Flood Warning. People have died in the narrows beacause of a flash flood caused by a storms kilometers far away! It might not be raining where you are but it might somewhere else.

Once we got the green light, this is optional, we rented each a pair of canyoneering shoes (18$/pair) to help preventing an ankle injury and Neoprene socks (7$/pair) to keep our feet warm. Inspite of the price I was very happy to be walking in the shoes as there was no way you could see what was on the bottom of the river. I remember a few times my feet got stuck between rocks and I was so grateful to have my funny looking shoes on.

Our “walking on the moon” shoes.

Map here: Zion Guru

We started our 16km (ten miles) round trip hike at the Temple of Sinawalast stop of the free Zion canyon shuttleand turned back when we reached the Big falls, the campsite. We were there in late september (2014) and it was crowded but the further you get into the narrows less people it will be because most of them will turn around by the Wall street

As you can see at the map above there are several hikes and you can even go further and for some of them you will need a permit.


It was harder than I expected walking upstream some parts knee to waist hight water, on loose rocks and slippery boulders. Sometime there are potholes but ofcourse you don’t see them until you plunge into one. At some stretch it was a challenge to choose the “right” way to pass. One tips is to look of the people who are walking infront of you…some will fall into a pothole or slip..well then you will know where not to walk.  Another tips is to use a stick! I am still laughing thinking of this guy who put his stuff on his head and walked straight forward and then suddently we saw only his head.


This hike was pure fun and not just an ordinary walk on the mountain that we are so familiar with. And ofcourse the big reason why this slot canyon walk is very popular is the beauty of this place! Everyone should try to hike as far as you can even if it’s not very far because behind every corner you will have a wow-moment!  Just remember that none of my photography makes the Narrows any justice! 

When to go:

The Narrows is normally closed between mid March-late May depending of the level of the water and runoff. The best season to go is between summer and autumn, june-november. If you dare you can do it during winter season, but if you doing it you problably already know about the freezing water.

More great information about hiking the Narrows click Here and Here
So what are you waiting for? Go do this hike!

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6 thoughts on “Hiking at The Zion Narrows, one of our favorite hike!”

  1. To be honest, first I had to google where the Zion NP is :O What an amazing hike it must have been! All the hikers on your pics look so tiny in comparison with the stone walls! Just wow!

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  2. åh så härligt det ser ut!! Och lite roligt att vada i vatten ändå (bara man håller kläderna torra), var det kallt? Vi gick en längre vandring i MacDonnell Ranges i Australien, i slutet blev vi tvugna att passera en riktigt kall “creek”(vad heter det på svenska??) och det var vi inte riktigt beredda på. Resesällskapet var en gentleman och gick före med mina grejer (han var dessutom mycket längre och vi var inte helt säkra hur djupt det skulle bli), och tur var väl det för först gick han en väg där vattnet gick nästan till midjan på honom, hade väl gått upp till bysten på mig..! Men sen kom han tillbaka och hittade en grundare rutt som jag kunde följa. Inte så kul just då, men roligt i efterhand 😉

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