The Narrows hike in Zion National Park is a fascinating ‘trail’ that is actually in the north fork of the Virgin River, which runs through beautiful Zion Canyon in Utah.
Starting at the top of the Riverside Walk, the trail winds along and in the river into a progressively narrower canyon, which provides an interesting perspective as one looks up and around at the intricate rock formations and the play of light filtering down through the often narrow openings above.
You can actually hike into the canyon as far as you want as long as the water isn’t too swift or deep at the time. In fact, it can be as short or as long and as easy or as difficult as you’d like.
We hiked in about 3 hours, stopping often to snap plenty of photographs along the way and took our time in a leisurely way and sped things up a bit on the way out, doing it in about two hours.
During this time, you can see plenty of rock formations in the cliff walls sand beautiful colors in the walls and water as the light changes throughout the day.
Doing this hike in the winter, you have to make sure you have the appropriate waterproof gear, since you’re going to be in the water most of the time. You can rent a dry suit in nearby Springdale, but we made due with our waders for the trek though the freezing water.
Typically don’t like to use a walking stick to hike, as I find them to be more of a hindrance than a help, but I definitely recommend one for this hike to help steady your balance in the sometimes swift water and to judge the depth of the water before taking a step forward. It also came in handy to support my camera somewhat in the dimmer light.