The Zion Narrows hike is one of the most iconic hiking trails in the world because of its spectacular scenery, passing through towering canyons and through the winding Virgin River – yes, it has the oddity of a trail in the river.

The Zion Narrows day hike is an easy to moderate hike that’s perfect to do as a family. Our two girls thought it was a fantastic hike and still talk about it. It totally lived up to our expectations (and mine were pretty high).

But if you’re not sure how to do the Narrows hike with kids, then keep reading to discover everything you need to know about hiking the Zion Narrows.

Start at the Temple of Sinawava

The trailhead for the Narrows hike is found at the shuttle stop at the far end of the main canyon. From February-November, the park is closed to private vehicles so you must ride the free shuttle from the Visitor Center.

Riverside Walk – 1 Mile Long

To get to The Narrows, take the paved Riverside Walk, a 1 mile long, easy stroll through some beautiful scenery and along the Virgin River. Anyone can do this section. It ends at a rocky beach where you begin wading upriver and thus begin hiking The Narrows.

Mystery Falls – 1.5 miles from the Trailhead

The first section in the river is 0.5 miles long, from where you start wading until you get to Mystery Falls, so named because water flows down the right side of the canyon wall and creates a gorgeous 110 foot small waterfall.

Beginning of Wall Street and Orderville Canyon Confluence – 2.5 miles from Trailhead

The next marker is Wall Street, about a mile upstream from Mystery Falls. Here the canyon walls get much closer together and the “wow” factor really amps up.

Big Spring – 5 miles from Trailhead

From the confluence of Orderville Canyon, you can hike about 2.5 more miles up the Virgin River, through Wall Street, until you reach Big Spring where day hikers must turn-around.

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