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The Zion Narrows

The Zion Narrows is a world renowned place. Navajo sandstone cliffs stand thousands above the Virgin River forming a slot canyon millions of years in the work. The hiking route follows the river, getting lost or off route is nearly impossible. One of the best canyon hikes anywhere. Check the weather before you go!

Bottom Up

Permits not necessary. Most convenient way to see the narrows. Take the Zion Canyon Shuttle to the last stop. Hike up the virgin river for 2 – 6 miles, turn around and hike back down the river. Can be high traffic, especial in the peak season summer months.

Top Down

Permits necessary. 16 miles. 100 permits a day maximum are issued by ZNP to hike the Zion Narrows for the top, this includes overnight participants. Top down is much more committing than bottom up. There are many exceptional slot sections and much less traffic.
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Zion Narrows Water Flow

The Zion Narrows water level can be checked by clicking here.
The gauge reports data in CFS, cubic feet per second.
The narrows are closed from the top at 120+ cfs.
From the bottom at 150+ cfs.
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Zion Narrows Map

Click on the map for a printable PDF map of the Zion Narrows hiking routes and driving route to the top trailhead.

Flash Floods

Floods are relatively rare but should be taken very seriously. The weather forecast should be checked everyday before entering the Narrows. Click here for the Springdale forecast. Click here for the Cedar Mountain forecast, this area drains into the narrows.

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Trailhead – From Springdale or the visitors center drive east through the park on HWY 9. Turn left/north onto the North Fork RD a few miles after leaving the park East Entrance. Stay on the North Fork Rd for 5.4 miles where it turns to dirt, continue down for another 11.4 miles to a small bridge and turn left at the junction. Follow the road and the signs another 0.5 miles to Chamberlin Ranch which is the narrows trailhead.(Shuttle services are well worth the price

This gauge will not necessarily tell you how deep the water in the narrows will be. At 80 – 100 cfs the current is medium strong and will slow down hike times somewhat. At 100 – 150 cfs the current is very strong and make hiking much more difficult and slower.