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Zion National Park: Riverside Walk

Cruise the northern reaches of Zion’s monumental canyon on this 2-mile out-and-back that skirts the Virgin River, winds past hanging gardens, and touches the crimson-stained cliffs of the Narrows.

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Heading north from the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop, this easy, wheelchair accessible path follows the Virgin River’s east bank toward Zion’s famed narrows. The trail rolls gently uphill (less than 60 feet over 1 mile) but changes quickly, passing desert yucca, a shaded desert swamp, and cliffside hanging gardens at the seep line—the dripping intersection of the porous Navajo sandstone cliffs and the less permeable shale of the Kayenta formation.
Take inspiration from the majestic canyon surrounds and join the myriad photographers and artists snapping and sketching along the river’s edge. Or, stop for a nap on the sandy shoreline, a cool, shaded bastion during Utah’s hottest summer months.
This trail, though one of the park’s easiest and most accessible, sits squarely in flash-flood territory. Check weather forecasts and trail conditions with park rangers before catching the shuttle to the trailhead and be weary of unpredictable weather.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland

To Trailhead

Between March and November the trailhead is only accessible via shuttle. Catch the comfortable, fully accessible buses at the Visitor Center near the park's south entrance and disembark at the Temple of Sinawava. In winter, drive 6.2 miles north of UT 9 on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and park at the Temple of Sinawava parking lot. The turnaround here marks the end of the canyon road.

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