Zion's The Narrows - Riverwalk Hike
One of the most popular hikes on a hot summer day in Zion National Park is The Riverwalk Hike. It is the last stop on the park shuttle; about a 40 minute shuttle ride into the park. It's only a 15 minute drive by car but from spring through late autumn, it is mandatory to ride the park shuttle due to heavy traffic and limited parking space.
As always, be sure to wear comfortable, non slip hiking shoes or good hiking sandals such as Teva's - especially if you're planning on hiking in the water!
The first mile of the hike is on a paved walkway along the river's edge and is flat and easy. When you reach the end of the paved portion, you can continue into the river to hike farther up towards the area of the hike called The Narrows where the 2,000' sandstone cliffs "narrow" to about a body's width for a section of the hike.
If you do decide to continue on into the river, you may want to bring a hiking stick or take one of many hiking sticks that people abandon as they exit out of the water.
Hiking in the water is very rocky and slippery. It's not that difficult but if you have problems with balance or have difficulties with your feet and/or legs, this may not be the hike for you.