Top three reasons to hike the Narrows
The highest rated hiking trip in Zion National Park
Every turn brings a new dramatic view of the narrow canyon
Created over many thousands of years by water and snow
Tucked away in Utah’s southwest corner at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert, stands Zion National Park known for its geological and biological diversity. The most famous tour in Zion is the Narrows, the narrowest section of Zion Canyon with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide. This 17-mile hallmark hike suitable for any level passes Mystery Falls, Virgin River, Big Springs, and other magical spots. Find out more about best day hikes in Utah from Maggie Slepian — backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker
Summer and fall are ideal
St. George, UT, is about an hour’s drive to Zion
Beginner to advanced
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Zion Narrows Day Hike
Experience the Narrows firsthand with an expert local guide. This Zion hiking tour traverses along beautiful towering walls carved by water over millions of years! Hike along this often-photographed trail up some of the best sections of the North Fork of the Virgin River. Pack your sandals and waterproof gear and be wowed by the soaring sandstone walls and the novelty of walking through the river. This easy-moderate hallmark hike is ideal for all adventurers at heart!
Meet your guide
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Having been to Bryce Canyon where we did not need a guide, here at Zion, we were so happy that we did. Our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable, and just great to be with. We went on a full day hike of Zion and were able to see places where the “masses” were not. We started off early and grabbed lunch at a little market (it came with the hike). And then, off we went. It was the most enjoyable day with Jeff!
Had a short amount of time but wanted to see, learn and hike Zion and Bryce as much as possible. Zion Rock and Mountain Guides were great. Thanks Matt, Sarah and Josh!
My guide Matt was a superstar. He showed me spots in Zion that I never would have found on my own. He was super knowledgeable and chatty, and most importantly patient when I’d get winded doing those switchbacks up Angel’s Landing. I’d book with Matt again anytime. Super incredible hike!
Things to know
Covid measures in Zion
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Zion, please refer to the Zion National Park webpage.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
- Transportation to the trailhead if possible
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Zion
- Meals and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be able to hike for a full day, carrying a daypack and walking in water, depending on the Zion hiking tour you select. Each day trip, you’ll hike between five and eight hours. The desert terrain can be challenging and the weather unpredictable. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The guest to guide ratio for private hiking tours is usually six guests and one guide.
- Pricing is per person, and the cost decreases as your group grows, making it the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family.
If your hiking party is larger than six people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Anyone over the age of 12 can join these day-hiking tours
- Children between the ages of 5 and 12 may join these day-hiking tours, but only on a case-by-case basis
If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 12, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Zion National Park, most people fly into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, which is only three hours away, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Zion National Park. The closest commercial flight airport is St. George Regional Airport, only an hour drive away from the Park. From there, you also can take a shuttle to Zion National Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. You will typically meet your guide at their Zion Rocks and Mountain Guides office (1458 Zion Park Blvd Springdale, UT 84767). Your guide will provide transportation to and from the activities locations if possible. During the summer, the guides utilize the park’s free shuttle system for all trails in the main canyon of Zion.