Zion Narrows Hike: 5 Useful Things to Know Before You Go

Zion National Park is known for one of it’s most beautiful and distinctive trails, the Zion Narrows hike. It brings visitors of all ages, shapes and forms, as it is one of the most popular hikes in the park.

What is the Narrows? It is a “trail” through the middle of the Virgin River leading you through 10+ miles of dramatic cliffs, narrow slot canyons and gorgeous scenery. This hike lets you experience, rather than just view, what makes Zion so special.

For most visitors to Zion, the Narrows hike is a lasting favorite no matter how far up river they managed to go. It is one of the most unique hikes with breathtaking scenery and one that cools you down along the way. What more could you ask for on a hike?

In this article we will share all you need to know about permits, campsites, getting to the trailhead, the best time to visit & more.

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The Best in Zion National Park Lodging

The best Zion National Park LodgingOne of our favorite summer trips, with the best hike ever was to Zion National Park. This is one of Utah’s most visited parks and for good reason – it is an amazingly immersive experience whether you stay inside the park or not. On our last visit, we waited a little late in the game to book accomodation so we were forced to just go with what was available, which ended up being great.  But, now that I’m looking at visiting again I’ve found a ton of amazing lodging options around the park.

The best of Zion National Park LodgingZion National Park is one of the few parks where it might be more advantageous to stay outside of the park than in. Springdale, literally right outside the gates of the park, is home to a variety of places to stay near Zion as well as great restaurants (the pizza I’m still dreaming about is here!), shops and entertainment. This tends to be the top choice for accommodation since it is easily accessible to the park and has all the facilities anyone would need during their stay.

However, as I researched unique places to stay, there are a ton of options a little further afield that are worth a look as well – either on your way to the park or as your home base to explore the region. I’ve weeded through it all and come up with the best of Zion National Park lodging for you. What do you think? Did I miss any favorites?

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