Zion Narrows


Zion Narrows is considered a class III run, however, given it's committment, portaging and potential for wood, class IV boating skills are recommended. Incredible class III (remote) run that has a short window when the road in is driveable and the river is flowing. Bony (20 cfs?) 5-6 mile hike/drag/float through cow pastures that slowly drops into the Virgin Narrows. Deep in the gorge and about 5 hours later you hear the rumble of a clean 18'-20' fall. Easy to portage river left or scout and plug it. Shortly after there is one more good rapid amidst the mank and then the steam picks up considerably with the confluence of Deep creek. The next 2 hours the river changes its pace significantly with boulder garden rapids. Be on your toes for log jams, portages are likely. You know you are close to the take out when you see the heads of photographers suddenly disrupt the incredible scenery. Wave to the hoards as you pass and run the last rapid of the Narrows somewhere in the III /IV- range...great 5' boof river center to left. The final mile follows the footpath to the Temple of Sinawava bus stop. Take out here, leave your gear, and hop on the bus to go get your shuttle rig. The park bus will shuttle you for free back to the visitor center. Permits are required. They are free at the backcountry desk at the visitors center in the Park.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Virgin River are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 1,600cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09405500, the North Fork Virgin River Near Springdale Remember only watercraft are permitted at Zion Narrows.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Virgin River Ab La Verkin Creek Nr La Verkin
USGS 09406100
23 cfs 10.3 ft
East Fork Virgin River Near Glendale
USGS 09404450
13 cfs 10.3 ft
Kanab Creek Near Kanab
USGS 09403600
12 cfs 11.9 ft
Beaver River At Adamsville
USGS 10237000
1 cfs 2.6 ft
Mammoth Creek Abv West Hatch Ditch
USGS 10173450
14 cfs 1.3 ft
Virgin River Ab Quail Creek Near Hurricane
USGS 09408135
34 cfs 6.5 ft
Santa Clara River Near Pine Valley
USGS 09408400
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Virgin River At Virgin
USGS 09406000
108 cfs 7.8 ft
Virgin River Near Hurricane
USGS 09408150
50 cfs 7.1 ft
Coal Creek Near Cedar City
USGS 10242000
7 cfs 4.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Big Flat
SNOTEL 339
12" 0"
Harris Flat
SNOTEL 514
1" 0"
Suu Ranch
SNOTEL 1248
1" 0"
Midway Valley
SNOTEL 626
1" 1"
Brian Head
SNOTEL 1154
6" 0"
Panguitch Lake Rs
SNOTEL 1148
1" 0"
Merchant Valley
SNOTEL 621
3" 0"
Castle Valley
SNOTEL 390
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Meadows Dispersed - Coral Pink Sand Dunes None 6,150 ft
Point Supreme - Cedar Breaks National Monument 30 10,280 ft
South - Zion National Park 180 3,962 ft
Te - Ah 41 9,189 ft
Cedar Canyon 18 8,444 ft
Duck Creek 54 8,604 ft
Navajo Lake 15 9,107 ft
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park None 5,920 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Brian Head Resort 6" 48° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
NF-Zion Park-Satan's Staircase 33.6cfs 8.0 Mi IV
Zion Narrows 48.0cfs 16.0 Mi III+