The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk
The Zion Narrows Riverside Trail is a scenic stroll along the Virgin river to the mouth of the Narrows. This trail is wheelchair and stroller-friendly for the first 0.6 km. The Zion Narrows Riverside walk has spectacular views and requires little time and effort. Enjoying this trail as a sunset stroll with the whole family is a great way to wind down and cap off the day exploring Zion.
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Route Description for The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk
The Zion Riverside Walk is an easy out-and-back stroll that is fun for the whole family. This trail is shaded in the morning but gets lots of sun in the afternoon, so pack a sunhat and fill up your water bottles at the trailhead before heading out along the pathway. This trail is an access point to and from the Narrows, so be prepared for many people wandering through and sharing the path.
The first 0.6 km of this trail are flat and easy to walk with a stroller or a wheelchair. However, after the first 0.6 km, the grade has sections where hikers with strollers or wheelchairs may need assistance going up or down. Luckily, this trail is very popular, and fellow hikers should be happy to help, should you require a second set of hands.
To hike the Zion Narrows Riverside walk, hop off the Canyon shuttle and head along the road going west; the Zion Riverside Walk Trailhead is just down from the shuttle stop. This paved trail is well signed and follows along the Virgin River upstream as it meanders northwards. Many offshoot trails lead down to the river's edge if you want to dip your toes or explore along the river bank. Remember that the water in the Virgin river is not safe to drink, even when filtered, and it is not safe to swim in. A parallel, unpaved pathway follows along the river’s edge; this is a good path if you want to get some distance from the main crowds and don’t mind a bit of a rugged trail.
The Zion Riverside walk ends at the entrance to the Narrows. Once you make it here, turn back and follow the path back to the trailhead, where you can catch the next shuttle home.
This trail ends at the entrance to The Narrows: the narrowest section of the main canyon. Adventurous and experienced hikers can continue their hike down into The Narrows, but proper footwear and clothing (including a wetsuit or drysuit in cold temperatures) are necessary to do this hike.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you drive to the Riverside Walk in Zion?
No, you cannot normally drive to the Riverside Walk in Zion. This hike can be accessed via the Zion Canyon Shuttle, a free service that runs almost year-round. The Zion canyon shuttle does accommodate wheelchairs but if you require a special vehicle for transportation—no worries—four handicap parking spaces are available at the trailhead for use with a permit from the Visitor Center.
Insider Hints for The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk
- This trail is very busy, be prepared for crowds or head out early in the morning for a quieter hike.
- Keep an eye out for wildlife! Deer are commonly seen along the riverbank. Remember not to feed the wildlife and give them lots of space.
- Don’t forget the camera! This trail is a great spot for family photo-ops.
Getting to the The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk Trailhead
Catch the Zion Canyon Shuttle at the Visitor’s center near Springdale—this is a free service that operates almost year-round. Hop off the shuttle at the 9th (last) stop: Temple of Sinawava. The trailhead is just down the road from the shuttle stop.
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