Zion Narrows. Photo by Matthew Kuhns / Tandemstock.com
1 mile / The Squeeze
It’s the sweetest mile in the best slot canyon in America—maybe the world—even if it’s not a trail, per se. Rippled red rocks reaching hundreds of feet above you echo the riffled Virgin River washing around your body. To hike it is to be swallowed by the canyon itself, in the best possible way. Nowhere is this feeling more apparent than when the walls pinch to 20 feet wide in the mile-long Wall Street corridor at the mouth of the Orderville Canyon (Narrows mile 2.7). Consider it the absolute zenith of a trek that’s already in the upper echelon of the parks experience.
Trailhead 37.284717, -112.947975 (for the bottom-up version)
Total hike 7.4 miles (bottom-up, out and back) or 16 (point-to-point through the entire Narrows)
CampingRequest permits for hikes (whether or not you’re camping) starting three months before your trip ($5 + $10 for up to two) or try for a last-minute walk-in
permit ($10 for up to two).