a place of magnificent beauty
The Zion Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, and one of the most popular slot canyons in Zion National Park. This section of the Virgin River has become world famous due to it's sculpted sandstone walls and breathtaking beauty. Sections of the 2000 foot high cliffs narrow down to just 20 - 30 feet wide.
Hiking this slot canyon is unique because although it does not require any technical knowledge, the river IS the trail. It requires you to hike upstream, crossing back and forth across the Virgin River, through ankle to waist deep water. Many ambitious visitors wish to reach "Wall Street," a 1 mile section of canyon where the walls narrow to 22 feet and the water spans from wall to wall.
Although there is no significant elevation change, hiking the Narrows is considered moderately difficult. Slick bowling ball sized boulders make up much of the riverbed. River depth and temperatures fluctuate with the changing of the seasons. Hikers need to be knowledgeable about the three main risks: tripping and falling, hypothermia, and flash flooding. However, with the right equipment and information, anyone can enjoy this hike safely and comfortably.