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Backpacking The Narrows in Zion National Park

One of the most uniquely magnificent and coveted hikes in the National Park System, The Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion squeezes down to just 20 to 30 feet across in places, with sandstone walls that rise as much as a thousand feet tall. On this 16-mile, top-to-bottom hike—typically done in two days—you’ll walk in the shallow river most of the time, and marvel at the constantly changing canyon, and natural oddities like a waterfall pouring from cracks in the canyon’s sandstone wall, creating an oasis of greenery clinging to a redrock cliff. It is unquestionably one of the top two or three backpacking trips in the Southwest—if not number one—and one of the most scenic and unique multi-day hikes in America. While there are many great canyon hikes in the Southwest, The Narrows is the archetypal “great canyon hike.”

Read my blog story “Luck of the Draw, Part 2: Backpacking Zion’s Narrows” for more photos and a shorter description of how to pull off this hike than you’ll find in this e-guide. (Reading that story requires a paid subscription to The Big Outside.) See all of my stories about Zion National Park, or scroll down to Zion on my All National Park Trips page.

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