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Absolute best day hike anywhere - The Narrows, Zion Natl Pk

The Narrows hike involves 50  crossings of the Virgin River although it's an out and back so you can travel whatever distance suits you and then turn around

The Narrows hike involves 50+ crossings of the Virgin River although it's an out and back so you can travel whatever distance suits you and then turn around

In the Wall Street section, Zion Canyon can be only 20 feet wide while the walls are more than 2000 ft high; the best time to do this hike is from mid-May through September

In the Wall Street section, Zion Canyon can be only 20 feet wide while the walls are more than 2000 ft high; the best time to do this hike is from mid-May through September

Hiking The Narrows is one of the most world-famous day hikes in the world and for very good reason; it is so unique with such amazing views that it's a day you'll never forget

Hiking The Narrows is one of the most world-famous day hikes in the world and for very good reason; it is so unique with such amazing views that it's a day you'll never forget

You can see how clear the water is which helped when deciding where to step; sometimes you had to cross in deeper waters which one reviewer aptly compared to walking on greasy bowling balls

You can see how clear the water is which helped when deciding where to step; sometimes you had to cross in deeper waters which one reviewer aptly compared to walking on greasy bowling balls

I managed the entire hike upstream without a single tumble which was miraculous; coming downstream I was getting tired and fell in the water a few times but nothing serious

I managed the entire hike upstream without a single tumble which was miraculous; coming downstream I was getting tired and fell in the water a few times but nothing serious

I kept walking and for well over an hour saw no other hikers; concerned I had passed the turnaround point (nothing is marked) I eventually headed downstream and am glad I did since I was totally wiped out when I finished

I kept walking and for well over an hour saw no other hikers; concerned I had passed the turnaround point (nothing is marked) I eventually headed downstream and am glad I did since I was totally wiped out when I finished

During my visit timed tickets were required for the shuttle bus ($1); if you didn't luck out getting one online you could pay for a shuttle service ($45) to take you or you could walk or bike 8  miles

During my visit timed tickets were required for the shuttle bus ($1); if you didn't luck out getting one online you could pay for a shuttle service ($45) to take you or you could walk or bike 8+ miles

Zion, like all other national parks, shows signs of neglect with the maintenance backlog of $12  billion; derelict campgrounds have closed and signage everywhere is very poor

Zion, like all other national parks, shows signs of neglect with the maintenance backlog of $12+ billion; derelict campgrounds have closed and signage everywhere is very poor

The Narrows is the most popular hike in Zion National Park, and one of the world's best slot canyon hikes; it is pure fun and can be tailored to suite any ability level.

The Narrows is the most popular hike in Zion National Park, and one of the world's best slot canyon hikes; it is pure fun and can be tailored to suite any ability level.

I was having such a good time that on the way back I took a side trip up Orderville Canyon which is a tributary of the Virgin River; there were a couple of challenging waterfalls to go up but very few people

I was having such a good time that on the way back I took a side trip up Orderville Canyon which is a tributary of the Virgin River; there were a couple of challenging waterfalls to go up but very few people

I had wondered why people didn't hike up and then inflate an inner tube to float down but in stretches the water is too shallow while in lots of other places there are mini-waterfalls making my idea impractical

I had wondered why people didn't hike up and then inflate an inner tube to float down but in stretches the water is too shallow while in lots of other places there are mini-waterfalls making my idea impractical

This is the view towards the end of the hike; I drank all 4 Powerades I took; a walking stick and rented water boots w/ankle support were essential

This is the view towards the end of the hike; I drank all 4 Powerades I took; a walking stick and rented water boots w/ankle support were essential

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:20

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