Riverside Walk
Riverside Walk
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,804 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chance to Experience the Canyon if You Can't Do the Narrows
    This is the first section of the Narrows where you walk on a path the point where there is no room along the canyon walls. If you cannot walk the Narrows due to high water or physical ability, this is a great trail to experience what it is like. We walked two different times. The first when we first got to the park when the Narrows was open but dangerous. The second was in a hard rain when it was amazing to see the river rise. Also there are a couple of waterfalls that were simply incredible to see the difference when it rains. Great way to see the canyon if you can't do the Narrows.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Justin
    76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic traffic free riverside walk
    We walked to the monastery from town (40 mins) then along the dusty road to Te Sharra restaurant (20 mins). Although a limited menu a lovely riverside location. Then we discovered a 2 km pathed walk along the far side of the river back to Peja. Scenic walk. You can detour back down into the town at various points. It might be hard to find the start if coming from town but walk along the southern side riverside walk and when it ends head up the hill and you should find the track. Local kids on bikes helped us out.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • CanuckAlberta
    647 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    RW great leisurely trail
    If you are looking for a paved scenic trail with no elevation gain in Zion then this is the place for you. If you do not enjoy crowds then maybe this is not the hike for you. The Riverside Walk is very crowded as all the people heading for the Narrows also use this trail .It is quite scenic and there are cool weeping walls with vegetation growing on the vertical walls of the canyon and the Virgin river is pretty as well. The sun rarely shines down in the bottom so it can be quite cool here especially in the morning.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Icarus4335
    Colorado Springs, Colorado772 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy, but Busy
    We got to the park first thing in the morning and were on the first (maybe second) shuttle of the day. We went straight to the end and started with this walk and even still, it was very busy. I have to imagine the trail traffic is insane by mid-day. The path itself is paved and relatively flat. Basically any age or ability level could do this walk. This area of the park doesn't get much direct sunlight because of how steep the surrounding cliffs are, so dress warmer than you would expect for the rest of the park.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
  • ScottRoby
    Scottsdale, Arizona804 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice easy walk along the Virgin River
    This is a nice walk along the river from the last shuttle stop. It is how you would get to the Narrows which was still closed when we went. But the hike itself is beautiful and pretty easy. It is also very crowded but the path is large enough to accommodate traffic both directions. You will see a ton of squirrels and deer along the way.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2024
  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, Indiana3,602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Highlight in the Canyon for us old, defective people.
    Between my wonky back and my partners goofy knee, this is the most strenuous hike we dared to do. We really aren't THAT bad off, but, we weren't risking the Narrows with all the rocks and Angel's Landing is for people that aren't bothered by heights. It really is a nice, pretty easy, and gorgeous walk . Everyone from little kids to those deep into retirement can handle it. This is one everyone needs to do when they come into Zion.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2024
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is a lovely, easy walk along the river at the north end of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. It is very nice, offers great views of the scenery along the river, and is basically flat and easy to do. Some parts may be muddy or slippery when it is wet or icy but although we saw people with hiking boots, I can't image that is necessary for the riverwalk and we certainly didn't have any, even though there were some muddy or icy parts, and a little snow on the ground. We were there in late December 2021 and it was chilly but not particularly cold during the day. At its end, this leads to the Narrows area, which involves a more strenuous and adventurous walk through the river narrows, in the river itself. That looked fun and we intend to try it but we had to throw this trip together at the last minute so were not prepared to do anything like that, and had no time to, either.
Written November 22, 2022
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jesse o
Jackson, WY6,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This trail is short, easy and beautiful. What this means is you should get here early as it’s going to become pretty crowded as more buses arrive. This is especially true when the Narrows, from the end if the trail are open. Still, I have nothing but good to say about the walk.
Written April 15, 2020
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA3,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a must do if you are in Zion. The fall colors were amazing and the walk is fairly easy and most of it paved (although parts of it you can walk the river edge, which is less crowded and more like hiking). When you get on the shuttle at the visitor center, take it all the way to the end and start your Zion adventure here. Everyone is required to get off here, as it is the last stop, making it easier to get a seat on the shuttle heading back to the other stops.
Written November 10, 2021
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ELKW
United States11,824 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This trail is not a difficult one, it said it is paved, it takes about 1.5 hour for the round trip. if you want to to go to Narrows, then you must walk this trail, as the end of the trail is the beginning of the trail of the Narrows. For the day that we went, the river water level may be higher than safety level, so the Narrows is closed, not allowed people to go to that trail. You have to check the condition for the Narrows in visitor center before hike. As the riverside walk is along the Virgin river, people will go into the river at some point, they may play in the water, but of course you have to take your responsibility for your safety. If you want to walk this trail, you have to get off at the last bus stop (#9) of the shuttle.
Written April 27, 2020
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Sandy817
Phoenix, AZ837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a beautiful Trail but there were so many people on it that it lost a lot of it's beauty. We did not go all the way to the Narrows as we were advised by a ranger to not get into the water because of the dangerous algae, but many people were coming back obviously wet. They discovered it when a dog drank from the water and died.
Written October 15, 2020
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Justin
76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We walked to the monastery from town (40 mins) then along the dusty road to Te Sharra restaurant (20 mins). Although a limited menu a lovely riverside location. Then we discovered a 2 km pathed walk along the far side of the river back to Peja. Scenic walk. You can detour back down into the town at various points. It might be hard to find the start if coming from town but walk along the southern side riverside walk and when it ends head up the hill and you should find the track. Local kids on bikes helped us out.
Written June 19, 2023
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Nicole
Seattle32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I could not stop smiling and taking pictures. This was the most unique and fun hike ever!
BE PREPARED, check the weather.. water shoes, walking stick, water proof bag..
I will never forget this. Riverwalk is family friendly, great 1 mile path, but then we kept walking, in the river bed for 2 hours, the views kept getting more and more dramatic... i didnt want to leave... You can turn around anytime. It is not a loop. It is very popular. An early start helped. (DO NOT hike if rain is in the forecast. Not worth the risk of flash flooding)
Written August 3, 2020
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Busier path, but totally worth it. There were lots of people using the path just to walk to the narrows for the in-river walk, even though an algae bloom suggests they shouldn't be doing that this year. So it can be extra busy. Take the time to get off the paved path and into the sand by the river. It will slow you down, get you some better views, and make the trip more memorable.
Written June 20, 2021
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This is your main starting point if you are going to Hike The Narrows on the bottom up route. Tips are to start early, especially if you plan to keep walking into The Narrows. the Riverside Walk is a lovely stroll. Starting at The Temple of Sinawava, the beauty of the mountains is something to behold. We took some time to marvel at the grandeur of these mountains which show their awe inspiring boldness in a way that is difficult to understand from photographs. Being in their presence is a unique and special experience.
Written July 6, 2020
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Nav1go
Virginia1,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a beautiful path to walk but even early prepared to be there with 100’s of people on a mission for the narrows. It would be excellent but for the crowds. Don’t plan on getting a picture at the start of the narrows that looks like the advertising- it’s a giant column of people headed up the river.
Written June 13, 2021
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