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This Incredible Utah Trail Lets You Hike Straight Through A River Between Canyon Walls

The perfect combination of water sport and hiking trails.
Zion National Park Features River Hikes Between Canyon Walls

We love exploring the incredible outdoors and being fully immersed in nature. Zion National Park boasts breathtaking views of canyon walls on either side of a trail that runs right through the river. With incredible views and a refreshing wander through the waters, it is no wonder it's a hotspot for hikers.

The Narrows Trail is 16 miles long in total, though most visitors choose to start at one end and hike a few miles rather than the whole thing.

For $35 per car (up to 15 people or less), you can drive into Zion National Park for the day and explore all it has to offer.

The trails are mostly known for the tight canyon walls that at times only reach 20 to 30 feet across the gorge. That is why it's one of the most popular trails.

If you and your friends decided to hike it, you'll be walking and even swimming part of the way through the Virgin River that runs through the canyon.

During the warmer months, walking through the water will give the hike a cooler, more refreshing feel.

If you don't fancy getting wet, you can opt to walk alongside the river. Though being in the water is considered part of the experience.

Waterproof shoes, equipment, and an extra change of clothes are some recommended essentials you should bring.

Make sure to waterproof your phone or camera too, as you'll want to snap photos of the amazing scenery without drenching your gear.

With stunning views and a chance to hike through a river, this journey should definitely be added to your next adventure list.

There is nothing like a cool dip on a warm day in nature to bring a smile to your face. Check out this spot with some good friends and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

The Narrows Trail

Difficulty: Easy to difficult

Length: 16 miles in total

Address: Zion National Park, 1 Zion Park Blvd, State Route 9, Springdale, UT

Why you need to go: Incredible views and the chance to hike through cool river waters along towering gorge walls.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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