The Narrows is, unsurprisingly, the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. Walls in this slot canyon tower thousands of feet above you, while the Virgin River is only twenty to thirty feet wide at points. A hike through the Narrows requires you to walk through the Virgin River, so there are good times to do this hike, and not-so-good times.
You can access the Narrows in two locations, the first being from the last shuttle stop, at the Temple of Sinawava. This is referred to as hiking from the bottom up, and can be as short as a couple of minutes until you turn around, or as long as 10-miles, turning around when you reach Big Spring. The second location that allows access to the Narrows is referred as hiking from the top down, and begins at Chamberlain’s Ranch. If you hike from the top down, it is a strenuous 16-mile hike, and can be done as a day hike or an overnight trip. More information on whether to hike from the bottom up, or from the top down is provided below.
The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park, but also one of the most rewarding, as you are able to experience the mighty Virgin River and imagine how it carved the canyon millions of years ago. This guide will help you plan your hike in the Narrows, and give insight on how to do it safely.