Zion Narrows (top down)

Zion Narrows (top down)

DIFFICULTY OUR RATING ELEVATION GAIN AVG TIME ROUND TRIP
Strenuous 1500 ft gradual descent 10-13 hrs as a day hike. 12-18 hrs w/ overnight gear 18 miles one-way hike (top-down route)
DIFFICULTY Strenuous
OUR RATING
ELEVATION GAIN 1500 ft gradual descent
AVG TIME 10-13 hrs as a day hike. 12-18 hrs w/ overnight gear
ROUND TRIP 18 miles one-way hike (top-down route)

Description

This is the best hike in Zion hands down. People come from all over the world to hike the Narrows from the too-down for a reason: it is a magical hike like nothing else on earth. Do the work to obtain the required permit and the logistics for this hike and you will not regret it. The advantage of doing the hike from the too-down is that you get to see the entire canyon and follow it from a tiny stream to a deep canyon cut 2,000 feet deep from the canyon rim by the end of the hike. Another advantage of going from the top-down: the park strictly limits the number of daily hikers from the top to 40 permits a day—so you get solitude in the canyon for a true wilderness experience (at least for the first 12 miles).

If this hike does not move your soul, then I don’t know what in nature could. It is a sacred experience to walk through these corridors of stone cut by water over the last 6 million years. This hike is unquestionably authentic and offers the exhilaration of a true wilderness escape. It must be experienced at least once in your lifetime.