Hit the trail on these iconic and under-the-radar hikes through unforgettable desert, mountain, and coastal terrain
Courtesy of Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Zion Narrows is one of the national park’s most spectacular hikes. The full 16-mile trip is one of the great adventures anywhere―you follow the Virgin River up into sinuously carved slot canyons. But it’s an undertaking, requiring park service permits, proper gear (including water-proof boots and walking sticks), and attention to weather conditions, notably summer thunderstorms and flash floods. More casual hikers can get a taste of the narrows by continuing upstream past the end of the Riverside Walk toward Big Spring; the park service offers frequent guided hikes here as well.