Zion Narrows

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Zion Narrows, Zion NP, Utah. Public Domain.
Location: From Springdale follow Hwy 9 north. After Virgin River Bridge turn left on the Floor of the Valley Road/Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Temple of Sinawava, Zion Canyon Visitor Center at the end of the road.
Open: no restrictions.
Permit required.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center: Winter daily 8-17.
Spring daily 8-18.
Summer daily 8-19.
Fall daily 8-18.
Fee: Gorge: free.
Park: Private Vehicle USD 35, Motorcycle USD 30, Per Person USD 20.
Tickets valid 7 days.
Shuttle: Per Person USD 1.
Tickets available only online, only one month in advance, only for certain time slots. Please check the official website for details.
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Zion National Park, 1 Zion Park Blvd., State Route 9, Springdale, UT 84767, Tel: +1-435-772-3256. E-mail:
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The Virgin River Narrows, Zion NP, Utah. Public Domain.
The "Wall Street" section of Zion Narrows, Zion NP, Utah. Public Domain.

Zion Narrows is the canyon behind the end of the scenic road. From Springdale Hwy 9 north follows the canyon and offers many great views. Then the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway turns east to the east entrance and is - with many hairpins and a tunnel - quite spectacular. If you turn off onto the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, you will follow the continually narrowing canyon north. At the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at the Temple of Sinawava the road ends and the canyon gets really narrow, hence the name.

There is no trail, it would be destroyed with every flood. Fortunately the floor is rather flat, so you actually walk in the river bed, between two vertical sandstone walls. So even for a short trip you need the necessary gear to walk in a river. Wetsuit is only necessary in winter, but trekking clothes and good walking shoes or canyoning shoes are much recommended. You can walk as far as you want and turn around any time you like, so this hike has no fixed length.

The Zion Narrows have a serious flash flood danger. When you pick up your permit at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, check the weather report and ask the ranger for dangers. Best time for the hike is summer and fall. Also, be aware that there is a shuttle service on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive when the . Private vehicles are not allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive when shuttles are in operation.

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