Riverside Walk, Zion National Park

Distance: ~2 miles round trip
Dates: January 16 and April 2, 2011

Falls of the Temple of Sinawava in April

The Riverside Walk in Zion National Park is a paved trail that begins at the Temple of Sinawava, which is as far up Zion Canyon as you can drive.  The trails follows the Virgin River through the Narrows for about a mile along an easy and mostly flat path.  From here you can continue through the best part of the Narrows by walking through the river when conditions permit.  This section of the narrows is consistently rated as one of the best hikes and adventures in the United States.

Virgin River in along the Riverside Walk

If you do not continue through the Narrows you will still get to experience the towering walls of Zion Canyon.  To get to the trailhead you can take the shuttle during the peak visitation season.  At the trailhead is the Falls of the Temple of Sinawava.  The flow over the falls is sporadically highest after summer storms and consistently highest when snow melts in spring.  On winter mornings when the sun first shines on the falls huge chunks of ice often break off and fall to the canyon floor.

Falls of the Temple of Sinawava in January

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