Zion NP - Riverside walk
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2 miles round trip
  • Travel Time: 1 1/2 hour
  • Elevation: 4400'
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The Riverside Walk in Zion National Park is an easy walk along the east bank of the Virgin River.  This is where Zion canyon starts to narrow and become the Virgin Narrows. 

During the summer months (April - October) take the shuttle to the last stop "Temple of Sinawava".  The shuttle leave every 10 minutes during the day.  During the off season, you can drive to the trailhead.

The trail is fairly level with a few small hills where it climbs up 10 feet then drops back down.  The Virgin is always close by.  There are a number of paths closer to the river that you can explore.  During the summer, it's nice to cool off in the river.  Because the canyon is narrow, the sun only shines for a few hours, so it can be cold in the shadows of the canyon.

The trail ends at a point in the canyon where the river stretches the width of the canyon.  From here you can continue up the river and into the narrows.  This is one of the few backcountry canyons where you won't need a permit to enter.  It's always a good idea to check the water temperature, water level, weather and flash flood potential at the visitor center before you hike up the narrows.

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