The Riverside Walk also known as the “Gateway to the Narrows” is a nice little paved trail in Zion National Park. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, bringing you along the river bank into the mouth of the canyon, leading you to The Narrows. This hike is a perfect one for families with young children. This is a extremely well known and popular hike in Zion, seeing nearly 3,000 people per day in the summer months.
Elevation Gain – 57 feet (mostly flat)
Duration (book time) – 1.5 hours
Difficulty – Easy
Trailhead (The Starting Location) – The Temple of Sinawava at the end of Zion Canyon ( the 8th and last stop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle)
Seasons – Year Round access
Bathrooms – Bathrooms located at the Temple of Sinawava.
The trail starts at the Temple of Sinawava (Zion’s Last Shuttle Stop). The main canyon gets tall and narrow here, with wonderful views of the Virgin River. There is very little elevation gain throughout the entire hike. The trail ends where the paved path ends. At this point, you will see others entering the water to walk upstream for what is known as The Narrows.
Wildlife – This is a great place to spot wildlife, including mule deer, wild turkeys, and blue herons.
Pools – Don’t forget to check out the little pool and the little hanging gardens along the way. There are sandy areas near the end near the entrance to the Narrows to cool your feet in the waters.
Parking for this trail can be found at the Temple of Sinawava trailhead located in Zion National Park.
Getting to Zion National Park:
From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion’s east entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.
If you are planning to continue past the Riverside Walk, and into the Zion Narrows, be sure that you check the latest weather and flood conditions.
Before You Go
This trail is good for children and is wheelchair accessible.
No permit is required for this hike.
*NOTE* Keep in mind that the trail can close at times in the winter due to icy conditions. Check before you go.
Current Weather Conditions
Haze. Clear, with a low around 47. North wind around 3 mph.
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Mostly clear, with a low around 48. West northwest wind 2 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 78. South southeast wind 3 to 14 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West northwest wind 2 to 12 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 79.
Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.