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The Narrows, Zion National Park, UT

Get wet 'n' wild on this life-lister in a Utah slot canyon.
  • From the Chamberlain Ranch trailhead, meander 3 miles southwest past grazing cattle through a private ranchland to the North Fork of the Virgin River. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
  • Walk through the 2,000-foot-deep sandstone gorge past striking glades of maple and ponderosa. (photo: Henry Grant)
  • At mile 6.4, encounter the first set of tight narrows. (photo: Maren Kasselik)
  • Ford 2 miles to the Deep Creek Confluence (mile 8.7), where the water triples in volume. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
  • Zig-zag across the Virgin River, bank to bank, as you travel across intermittent, sandy footpaths. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
  • Below the Goose Creek confluence (mile 10.7), deep pools and lack of shores make travel slow. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
  • The muddy, roiling Virgin River slices through the canyon, sometimes spiking 150 CFS in just 15 minutes, depending on the weather north of the park.  (photo: Ryan Horjus)
  • The water level deepens after Big Spring; bring dry-bags and be prepared to carry your pack overhead. (photo: Henry Grant)
  • From mile 3 to mile 15, expect to wade through water and over slick, bowling ball-size rocks. (photo: Henry Grant)
  • Enter the dramatic “Wall Street” section of the Narrows in the final 2 miles. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
From the Chamberlain Ranch trailhead, meander 3 miles southwest past grazing cattle through a private ranchland to the North Fork of the Virgin River. (photo: Ryan Horjus)
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From the Chamberlain Ranch trailhead, meander 3 miles southwest past grazing cattle through a private ranchland to the North Fork of the Virgin River. (photo: Ryan Horjus)

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