Everything you need to know about
Zion National Park
Current Status - updated 6/27/2020
I visited Zion on June 8th – 10th, soon after the park barely opened after quarantine was lifted. The park is currently open & there was no entrance fee at the time when I went. Usually the entrance fee is $35/vehicle. Park Rangers are still patrolling the park to ensure all visitors are following regulations. Not all hiking trails are open at this time. The weeping rock trail is currently closed due to a land slide that blocked the hiking trail. The shuttle services are scheduled to resume on June 30th where it will take you into the Scenic Road Drive – which is where all of the best hikes are located.
If you are looking to purchase these items, I highly recommend these hiking boots (for women or for men) and expandable hiking sticks. Your feet will get WET and your stick should be extended up to the height of your armpit. Honestly, I would only buy these if you are a frequent hiker or beginning this new hobby and will be using it at least once a year, then it is definitely worth the investment! The hiking sticks/poles are really affordable (only $21.99)! I actually bought the ones linked above.
- Rent your gear the day before so you can start your hike early. The Narrows trail will take about 40-50 min drive into the park.
- Start early. If you want to go far into The Narrows where you can actually see the canyon get narrow, you should start as early as possible. We started at 11am & were only able to get to “Wall Street” on a 5 hours round-trip hike that only took up 3.5 miles into The Narrows.
- Plan your destination. The Narrows is 16 miles long. Most people do not go all the way. I suggest looking at the map of the Narrows and decide at which landmark you should turnaround. It’s important that you get back before the sunsets. You do not want to get lost in the canyon.
- Rent a shuttle at least a day in advance. If you’re not a morning person, you should rent a shuttle with one of the rental companies (Zion Adventure Company charges $40/person – prices may vary depending on the season).
- Bring a watch. I highly recommend you bring a stop watch to time your way in and plan your route/destination ahead of time. There are specific times that the shuttles go in and out of the park. Also, you want to complete the hike before it gets dark.
- Be safe. While crossing the river, the current can be very strong. This is where your hiking stick will come into use. Stick it hard into the rocks to ensure you have stability.
- Avoid white water. The current is the strongest where the water is white. Avoid these areas as much as possible.
- Wear light clothing that dries quickly. The water can go above your waist when you are crossing the rivers so you will most likely get wet if you are not wearing a dry suit. The further you go in, the less sun hits inside the canyon so you may not dry up as quickly.
- Bring snacks and plenty of water. This hike normally takes all day so definitely pack those granola bars & lunchables. You can find a spot along the trail to stop, take a break & eat.
- Have fun! The Narrows is an amazing adventure. There’s nothing like it!Hone
Top 3 hikes
Summer is definitely the best time to hike the Narrows. Although, it can be VERY crowded. So that’s something to consider if you plan on going during this time (you know with COVID-19 & everything).
Level of difficulty: moderate.
We hiked with kids ages 5 & 7 this time around & they did very well! You just have to be very careful when crossing the rivers. The current can really take you away.
Distance: 16 mi.
Definitely do not need to go all the way in to see the beautiful view. I would say the end of Wall Street is a great place to stop.
Hands down the BEST VIEW of Zion National Park. Currently, they closed the chain part of this trail so you can’t go all the way to the top but the view is still amazing and we got to see the sunrise. A Park Ranger will be there to ensure no one passes the chains bc it’s a federal violation that comes with a $5k fine. Many people touching the chains = spread of COVID. I do not recommend this hike if you are afraid of hights. There will be an area of the hike where there are no barriers on either side & all you have are the chains to hold on to. Wear shoes with excellent grip for this hike.
Level of difficulty: strenuous. It’s incline the entire time with switchbacks (refer to images).
Distance: 2.5 mi.
Elevation: 5,790 ft.
Best hike for kids and older folks. There is slight incline on some areas but you’ll walk through a very cool cave! Short hike AND a nice view in the end! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Total time to hike will probably be around 1 hour depending on how much time you spend at the top.
Level of difficulty: easy.
Distance: 1 mi.