Distance: 4-9 miles (~5-8 hours), out and back Elevation Gain: 334 feet Zion admission: $35 (valid for 7 days)
The Narrows are a stretch of the North Fork of the Virgin River that is the narrowest part of the Zion Canyon. The walls tower up to 1000 feet high, and the narrowest part is 20-30 feet.
The best time to do the Narrows hike (and to visit Zion National Park) is during late spring and summer, when the water temperatures are warmest and water levels are lowest.
While the Narrows hike spans 16 miles, day hikers are only permitted to go to Big Springs, 4.5 miles in. Most people attempt to reach Wall Street, the narrowest part, about 2 miles in.
The beginning of the Narrows is from the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop (#9). From here, hike along the 1 mile Riverside Walk to reach the beginning of the Narrows.
Do note that the Narrows hike involves walking directly in the river. There are lots of slippery rocks, so wearing water shoes and bringing a walking stick/trekking poles are recommended.
Zion National Park (and the Narrows hike) are prone to flash floods. Always check for updates on warnings or trail closures and DO NOT attempt to hike when there is a risk of flash floods!