When most people think about Zion National Park, The Narrows usually come to mind. The Narrows are a series of slender canyons with the rocky creek bed of the Virgin River and its tributaries at its floor. One of the reasons why this is a popular spot is that the area is full of dramatic steep reddish cliffs accented with the occasional trees and plants on both sides of the river bed. People enjoy trekking through this area since the cool water helps them during the summer months when the park is typically full of visitors, and we provide equipment and rentals to make this a great experience for all -- visit the Zion Rock and Mountain Guides outfitting shop.
Even though little elevation is gained while hiking the 16 mile route between the southern entrance in Zion Canyon and the northern entry at Chamberlains Ranch, it is a rather grueling effort even for fit hikers because they must walk on uneven and slippery rocks. Thus, sturdy shoes that can get wet and remain that way for hours are essential equipment. Walking sticks are also popular among those who undergo the trek. During the winter (November to April), people should wear wetsuits since the cold water will cause hypothermia.
While hiking in these canyons is safe most of the time, caution must be exercised when it rains in the region. Since these canyons are so slender, they channel rain water into violent and fatal flash floods that have killed people in the past. Thus, anyone venturing into The Narrows needs to check the weather before entering.
Please visit the Zion Rock and Mountain Guides homepage to learn more about great guided tours into The Narrows. We provide equipment, knowledge, and transportation to hiking and canyoneering / climbing destinations in and near Zion National Park.