About the Zion Narrows Hiking Trail
The Narrows (Bottom-Up and Top-Down) hiking trails are the most popular hiking routes in the Zion Narrows. They’re also some of the most popular hiking trails in the United States because of the iconic Zion Canyon views, with the shallow Virgin River at the bottom and steep, red cliffs on both sides. The Bottom-Up is a slightly shorter variation of the Top-Down route, accommodating people who only wish to hike for one day. But if you have the time, it’s definitely worth it to do the full, 34-mile variation in two or three days, because it heads into the less crowded part of the canyon.
Statistics About the Zion Narrows
- Total distance (Bottom-Up): 10 miles / 16 km
- Total distance (Top-Down): 34 miles / 55 km
- Total altitude gain/loss (Bottom-Up): 345 ft / 105 m
- Total altitude gain/loss (Top-Down): 1410 ft / 430 m
- Highest point (Bottom-Up): 5344 ft / 1629 m (Elephant Temple)
- Highest point (Top-Down): 5830 ft / 1777 m (Chamberlain’s Ranch)
- Time to finish (Bottom-Up): Typically 5-7 hours
- Time to finish (Top-Down): Typically 16-20 hours
- Points of Interest: Zion National Park
- States crossed: Utah (United States)
- Best time to hike: June – September
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