"GATEWAY TO THE NARROWS" Zion National Park Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

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  Along the Gateway to the Narrows trail
by mtncorg

The hike of the Narrows is Zion's most popular backcountry outing. Covering 16 miles one-way - and you normally only go one-way down - the way requires hiking permits from the Visitor Center even for dayhikes. You first have to find your way to Chamberlain's Ranch - at the end of an 18 mile dirt road off UT 9 east of the East Entrance. To hike the Narrows you have to be well-prepared - much of your hike will be in the water - up to chest deep. Flash floods are a major hazard so be well attuned to weather conditions. All-in-all, this is what Crete's Samaria Gorge hopes to be, only here you won't have to share the experience with thousands of others off the bus! http://www.nps.gov/zion/ZionNarrows.htm

If you don't have time or desire to do the Narrows, you can get a taste by hiking the Gateway to the Narrows trail. This is an easy flat 1.6 mile trail going along the riverside from the Zion Canyon road end at the Temple of Sinawava. Springs abound along the route as you meander to where the canyon walls come ever-closer together.

Address: ZNP, SR9, Springdale, UT 84767-1099
Directions: Kolob Canyons entrance is gained from I-15, exit 40. I-15 passes west of Park connecting with UT-9 and 17 to Park. US-89 passes east connecting with UT-9. Zion Canyon Visitor Center is a short distance from Park's South Entrance adjacent to Springdale.
Phone: (435) 772-3256

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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