The Narrows – we did an 8-mile round trip, Bottom-Up, Half-Day hike of The Narrows; the day before we prepared by renting special footwear, walking sticks, and water-proof backpack bags from a local shop The Zion Adventure Company. The shoes and sticks really came in handy as the majority of the hike is through water of different depths, the water is murky and you cannot see through it, and the bed of the river is covered by slippery rocks of all different shapes and sizes – the shoes prevented us from getting blisters, the sticks helped to navigate the terrain and not slip and fall, and the water-proof bags helped protect our equipment in case we fell into the water (not even once!)
Via the National Park Service:
The Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2,000-feet deep, and at times only 20 to 30-feet wide. The Narrows, with its soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience. However, it is not a hike to be underestimated.
Hiking The Narrows means hiking in the Virgin River. At least 60% of the hike is spent wading, walking, and sometimes swimming in the river. There is no maintained trail because the route is the river. The current is swift, the water is cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery.
Flash flooding and hypothermia are constant dangers. Good planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a safe and successful trip. Your safety is your responsibility.