National Parks really were “America’s Best Idea.” So many of my big life moments happened or were about national parks. I can remember moments exactly how they happened from the memories I have captured. Zion National Park will forever hold a special place in my heart because it was the first National Park I had […]
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park is most likely on your bucket list, and for a good reason. The Narrows, or more precisely the Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River, draws hikers from all over the world with its outstanding scenery and the unique way of trekking it – in the river. When planning this adventure, you will face many questions, for instance, is hiking the Narrows dangerous, is it suitable for me, do I need any special equipment to take the hike. Additionally, you may ask yourself how to get there and how many hours to devote to this adventure. In this post, you will get your questions answered. Here is the guide on how to hike the Narrows in Zion.
HIKING THE NARROWS IN ZION NATIONAL PARK – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
There are many reasons why Utah is the best place for nature lovers, with Zion National Park being one of the primary ones. I visited the park two times, and both times I felt overtaken by its incredible beauty. A prominent feature of the park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep. It can easily be seen from many overlooks accessible from Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway (Utah 9).
What is the Narrows?
The Narrows is essentially a slot canyon, the narrowest section of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, situated on the North Fork of the Virgin River, upstream of the main canyon. For 13 million years, the Virgin River has carved through the red sandstones of Zion National Park to create some of the most unforgettable scenery in the world. The walls fo the canyon, a thousand feet tall, are only twenty feet apart in some places. The hike requires walking in the river.
Who can hike The Narrows?
Almost anyone can explore the Narrows to some degree, depending on the level of experience and mobility. Here are the choices.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park is most likely on your bucket list, and for a good reason. The Narrows, or more precisely the Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River, draws hikers from all over the world with its outstanding scenery and the unique way…