Along with Angels Landing, this is the most famous hike in Zion. And yes, it is crowded in the summer. But make no mistake: it is worth it! The Narrows is the best hike you will do in Zion— and the most memorable. Hiking the Narrows is a singular experience: where else can you say that your hiking trail was the river bed? And the canyon walls rising over 1,000 feet directly overhead gives the feeling of being in a stone cathedral. You don’t just see the Narrows—you feel it. Hiking the Narrows is a must-do — preferably from the top down— but if you can’t swing a top-down permit, then the next best thing is to hike from the bottom up to Big Springs. Pro tip: if you hike a mile or two up the canyon the crowds will dramatically thin out. Pro tip #2: for this hike you should get a walking stick or trekking poles (and boots are also nice to have). Stop by Zion Adventure Company or Zion Guru to get outfitted.