The Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2000 feet deep, and at times only 20-30 feet wide. Walking in the shadow of Zion Narrow's soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience.
It is not, however, a trip to be underestimated. Hiking the Zion Narrows means hiking in the Virgin River. At least 60% of the hike is spent wading, walking, and sometimes swimming in the stream. There is no maintained trail; the route is the river. The current is swift, the water is cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery. Flash flooding and hypothermia are constant dangers.
Good planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a safe and successful trip. Camping is permitted in designated sites only.