The Narrows in Zion Park
The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet (300 m) tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet (6-9 m) wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park.
You can see The Narrows by hiking along the paved, wheelchair accessible Riverside Walk for one mile (1.5 km) from the Temple of Sinawava. If you wish to see more, you will be walking in the Virgin River. This can involve wading upstream for just a few minutes or it can be an all day hike. Many hikers try to reach Orderville Canyon, a tributary creek approximately two hours upstream from the end of the paved trail (2.5 miles (4 km) from the shuttle stop).
Travel upstream into Orderville Canyon or beyond Big Spring is prohibited. It is 2.5 (4 km) miles upstream from Orderville to Big Spring, making the roundtrip hike up to Big Spring and back to the shuttle stop 10 miles (16 km). No permit is required for this day hike.
Walking the entire length of The Narrows (from top to bottom) can be a grueling experience. Under favorable conditions, the 16-mile (25.7 km) route takes an average of 12 hours. Even for well-conditioned hikers, this makes for a long and strenuous day. Permits are not issued when the flow is 120 cubic feet per second (3.4 m3/s) or greater. Because the trailhead at Chamberlain’s Ranch is a 1.5-hour drive from the Temple of Sinawava, either two vehicles or a shuttle is necessary. A wilderness permit is required.
- Trailhead at Temple of Sinawava: 37.285155, -112.947605
- Start of The Narrows: 37.296630, -112.948254
- Orderville Canyon: 37.307850, -112.946707
- Imlay Canyon: 37.309737, -112.949195
- Trail end at Big Springs: 37.331136, -112.956943
- $30 per private vehicle
- $25 per motorcycle
- $15 per person (15 and under free)
- Good for 7 days (subject to change)
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