The Narrows!

After hiking Hidden Canyon, the next day we hiked The Narrows – “one of the best, if not the best, hike in the National Park System,” according to Zion National Park and we completely agree. Seriously a magical experience.

This 16-mile river hike (I thought it was 9 miles) takes you through ankle to chest high waters as you weave under towering canyon walls and over and around boulders. It’s strenuous due to the length, swift waters and slippery rocks but to be honest, because of the popularity of this hike from mid-June through mid-September, the rocks weren’t slippery at all.

We couldn’t get enough of the views. Hanging gardens everywhere, moss-covered rock, waterfalls trickling down into the Virgin River (not the Virginia River like we mistakeningly called it before) and the feeling of being a tiny little creature in this great big world.

We didn’t realize how freezing cold we’d be on this hike in July, but we were. The hike up to the riverbed is a mile long, so we suggest starting it at 10 or 10:30 in the morning (we got a later start) so that the sun will be directly overhead by the time you get to the cold waters. Hope you guys get to do this hike in your lifetime!

Tunes by Jenny & Tyler.


  1. I’m SO glad y’all did this hike! I have great memories of doing it with Courtney, David and Sarah. We had to stop when it got about chest high because we were trying to keep our kids safe (think 5-6 year old Sarah). But it was still awesome! Plan on doing it again someday with your kids. Lea

    Comment by Courtney Krueger on July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm

  2. Kim

    Could I be any more jealous of you guys right now? Don’t think so. Glad to see everything is going well!

    Comment by Kim on July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  3. Mom Landers

    Tubes sound like a fantastic way to enjoy the return! Seeing Ben jump from high rocks reminds me of his propensity for finding the tallest rocks on our 1996 trip. He would climb up high and then yell down at us. I have a great picture of him leaning over an outcrop at Garden of the Gods in Colorado. He was grinning- knew his mom was a bit frazzled by his always climbing to the highest rock, wherever we went!

    Comment by Mom Landers on July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

  4. Still loving all of this! A trip to Zion is definitely in the cards for the future!

    (side note: if you find helpful links about trails and whatnot, will you post them?)

    Comment by Matt on July 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

  5. So let’s see. Today you hiked in a river-mountain-tunnel, and today my kid started unloading my shopping cart on the floor in the middle of Target. Your summer is like magic.

    Comment by Karin on July 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  6. follow this trip

    Matt – honestly, we’ve been really impressed with the National Park system, they give you plenty of helpful info (maps and trail descriptions) when you enter the park about all of the trails

    Comment by follow this trip on July 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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