Like many stunning Western landscapes, The Narrows can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. Though the vas majority of hikers have positive, exciting journeys through The Narrows, each year a few parties experience frightening floods, broken bones, or debilitating hypothermia. By educating yourself prior to the Narrows hike, you can enjoy a safer and more confident time in this amazing place. Take time to learn about the most common risks involved in a Narrows hike, and how to manage them those risks safely. Read more about managing risk in the Narrows.
Flash flooding is the most dramatic and drastic risk involved in desert canyoneering. Every few years, people are killed or seriously injured when they find themselves unaware of and/or unprepared for canyon flooding. Fortunately, we can avoid such tragedies by recognizing conditions with high flooding potential AND having the right knowledge and equipment to identify and mitigate a flooding situation. Read more about flash flooding.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) monitors Virgin River flows and measures water volume in CFS, or cubic feet per second. The CFS of the Virgin River fluctuates over time, rising or falling as a result of rains, snow melt, and air temperatures. Zion National Park uses the current CFS reading as a reference tool to gauge safety conditions in The Narrows and regulate access. Read more about understanding river levels.
Narrows Bottom-Up and Narrows Top-Down hikes are currently closed due to snow melt run-off.
The Narrows is not expected to re-open until mid-May
For more on Narrows closure rules, click here.
Prior to the closure, the water temp was 41 F and Narrows hikers were using the Cold Water Dry Suit Package.