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The Narrows

Zion National Park, Zion National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, National Parks
Description: Zion's most popular hiking trail is also its most dangerous due to occasional flash floods.
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Newport News, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Sure enough, there was a death in the Narrows the day after I visited the Riverside Walk. It rained 1-2 inches and the river rose and flooded, and one person drowned while the other washed out. Why are people so stupid?

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Take loads of water, check with the Rangers to see if the narrows are passable. We were told the water was waist height in places - decided not to walk through. Some friends who had gone there 5 days before, could not go through it was closed due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. There is a free bus up to... More

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Lehi, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was the second time I have hiked the Narrows. And, it was every bit as fun as the first time. Your experience will be determined, in large part, by your preparation. We saw some women hiking in their dress shoes, and other people were barefoot - no kidding! I find that it is crowded at the beginning of the... More

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St Paul mn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

There are usually DOZENS of sticks on the wall of the canyon immediately below the end of the riverwalk trail. Goretex pants will keep your legs very warm and mostly dry. Old hiking boots or shoes with neoprene socks work great. We use old hiking boots (from Goodwill) with a 1/4 hold drilled into the instep for drainage. You DO... More

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Mold, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Wow, what a totally unique experience. My top tip would be to get on the first bus of the day because, as you will see on the return leg of your hike, the river becomes more & more packed at every turn. It's worth getting up early to get have some parts of the river to yourself and to enjoy... More

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Amazing is the best word to describe it!!! We hiked a few miles in. October is a great time to visit south Utah bc it's not to hot but it's chilly at night. But I'm from south Alabama so chilly is 70 degrees! Lol! TIPS FOR HIKING NARROWS: Durable hiking shoes! They will get wet, do not hike barefooted! Bring... More

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Vienna, VA
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We were not expecting this very unique hike to be as interesting as it was. We got excellent advice and rented good equipment (Zion Adventure Company) and started early. We were in the river by 0800 and had the place mostly to ourselves. It was a cold start in October and we were very happy to have our fleece tops,... More

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Syracuse, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

You can spend your whole day wading, swimming & hiking in the river. Great escape from the summer heat. Make sure you know which way you will go once you get to the fork. Wear good water shoes. A walking stick might be helpful as the rocky bottom of the river can make it difficult to have sure footing.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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488 helpful votes 488 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

At the end of the shuttle, easy walking over paved path until you get to the river. Bring river shoes if you want to go further. River was calm and beautiful, path was easy, deer and other wildlife along the way. Lots of rest stop areas. Saw 5 and 6 year olds and grandparents way over 60's strolling along. The... More

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We hired the shoes, socks and stout stick from Springdale for about $20 each and it was well worth it. You choose your own route, or watch where others tread, and go as far as you like wandering from side to side. The water is muddy so you cant see what you stand on, and current varies so a stick... More

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