Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, Part One: Photographs

Hiking the Narrows

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park: Photographs

For years I have been looking at dreamy photos online of people hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park.  Silky, turquoise water flowing through deep, dark canyons. 2000 foot vertical cliffs. Faint beams of sunlight bouncing off the colorful canyon walls. It looks like something that only exists in fairy tales.

Well last weekend, I finally got the chance to backpack the Narrows, and I know now that no photograph can do the Narrows justice. Yet, I couldn’t help myself. So here’s a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.  Hiking the Narrows was an amazing experience, and hopefully these photos inspire you visit the Narrows soon. For more information on the Narrows, check out my other posts in this series:

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*** Additional Posts on the Zion ***

Hiking the Narrows Part 2: Permits and Planning

Hiking the Narrows Part 3: Equipment

Zion National Park Travel Guide

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Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

24 comments on “Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, Part One: Photographs

  1. Wow, beautiful photos! Zion National Park is one of my favorite places in the US and now I have to go back to do the Narrows- it looks amazing! Looking forward to hearing more about camping and permits 🙂

  2. Wow, I would love to hike the Narrows one day! Going to try to hit up Zion in October on our roadtrip to California but doubt we’ll have time for this unfortunately. Can’t wait for Part Two to learn some more information on it 🙂

    1. Ashley – October is a great time of year to visit Zion! The good news is you can explore a good chunk of the Narrows even if all you have is an afternoon. Plenty of people day hike just a portion of it. I’ll be posting Part 2 next week with all of the info.

  3. Zion is definitely on my bucket list. Especially the narrows. I’ve hiked a few slot canyons in Nevada and they have to be one of the most fascinating geologic features. Thanks for the post!

    1. Syd – You should definitely do it! Especially since you don’t live too far away. You’re in New Mexico right? I’ll be posting more info about the logistics later this week, but the take home message is that the Narrows was not nearly as logistically challenging as I expected. So hopefully that will convince you to make the trip soon. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Great pictures. It looks like the water levels were way lower when you did it than when I did it. It was up to my waist in areas. Glad you had an amazing time. I wouldn’t mind doing that hike again and go further back into the canyon.

    1. Angela – We were told that the water levels were at an all time low for this time of year….around 35 cfs. Scary stuff in terms of the environment, but certainly made the hike easier. There were also still plenty of places to swim, so this year might be a good one for you to consider going back!

    1. Thanks Molly! I really appreciate the compliment! But the landscape really did most of the hard work 🙂 I hope you make it there one day soon, and if you have any questions, definitely get in touch!

  5. If you enjoyed the Narrows, you should take a look at Parunuweap Canyon/the Zion Barracks next. Its the other major non-technical canyon backpacking trip in Zion, very similar to the Narrows but no permits and no other people. There is a more difficult exit and more tricky logistics, but worth it if you liked the narrows and want more.

  6. Wow amazing photos! I’m curious, do you have any tips for gear while fording through water – possibly waist deep? That’s the only thing that scares me…creatures lurking in the water..lol Thanks a lot, i’m loving this blog!

  7. Great pics! I cannot wait to go there. Crossing fingers to making it out this year. What month would you say is the best time to go? Thanks in advance for your response.

  8. Thanks so much for info and beautiful pictures.
    Doesn’t look to challenging. My friend and I plan to go in early August, only to go an hr. or so into
    the Narrows. Plan to spend night before hike in Springdale. How early can we start in the a.m.?

    1. If you are only going to hike an hour or so up, you can start at whatever time you like! However, I believe storms are a bigger threat in the afternoon, so maybe get an earlier start so you can hike then take a break, swim, etc.

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