Hiking the narrows in Zion

  • Angels Landing view

We rolled up to Zion National Park ready to hike. After all, there's a reason the Mormon pioneers named it Zion, which means "a place of refuge."

Soaring pink sandstone cliffs give the place an impressive, almost holy quality. The only problem was that it was hot, really hot—close to 37 degrees when we got to the park. No matter, one of the best parts about Zion is that there's a hike for everyone. And for us, that hike was The Narrows.

The entire Narrows is 16 miles long and is a serious hike through the Virgin River, which carved the slot canyon. But you can go for shorter lengths, and hiking through the water sounded like the perfect way to cool down.

The next day we woke up early and hiked Angel's Landing, probably the park's most famous hike. If you're not afraid of heights, it's amazing—for the last half-mile, you hold onto a metal chain and scramble up rocks to the top. It's a tough hike, but the view is unbeatable.

I think the pioneers would have been proud of our two days in Zion. We certainly found refuge from the heat, and there's something about standing at the top of Angel's Landing, looking down at that ribbon of Virgin River, that makes you feel like you just might be part of something bigger than yourself.

Check out Zion first hand on the Canyon Adventure or Mountain Trail tours.

Hiking the The Narrows, Zion National Park

Hiking the The Narrows, Zion National Park

Hiking to Angels Landing

Hiking to Angels Landing

Hiking the Narrows

Hiking the The Narrows, Zion National Park

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