Zion Narrows Private Day Hike

Zion National Park
5.0 (12 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Zion's famous Narrows
  • Stare up at towering canyon walls
  • Enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch
  • Learn about Zion's amazing geology
  • Take stunning photographs
  • Water gear rentals included


This is one of Zion National Park‘s most famous and stunning day hikes! Explore the Virgin River and the amazing canyon it carved out of Zion’s towering sandstone walls over millions of years. This hike is almost entirely in water, walking on river rocks, with new and exciting scenery around every bend.

Our tour starts with water gear rentals (included) and a NPS shuttle to the start of our hike at the Temple of Sinawava. Then our Zion Narrows Day Hike takes us up the Riverside Walk trail where we begin a half-day excursion up the river to see some of the best “narrows” sections of the North Fork of the Virgin River. Your day will be filled with the towering walls of Zion, crystal clear spring water, brilliant red sandstone and rocks polished over tens of thousands of years. Lunch and snacks are included.

Please note: this hike may not be safe during spring runoff (March-May), active monsoons (July-September), and any time there is significant rain in the forecast. The timing of runoff and monsoons varies year by year and is impossible to predict with accuracy. If the runoff or weather forecast is unsafe on the date of your hike we will reroute to a different tour, such as Angels Landing or Zion in a Day.

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$215-$550 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 4-6 Hours
Distance: 5MI / 8KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This hike is mostly level and only requires hiking with an 8-12 pound backpack. The difficulty of this hike is the ruggedness of hiking in a river with moving water, slick river rocks, uneven terrain…etc.

Hiking Distances:

5 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:


Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing while hiking in a river with uneven, slippery, rounded river rocks and 1-2+ feet-deep, moving, cold mountain water.
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves

This tour is only offered as a private departure.

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  • 1 person: $550 per person
  • 2 people: $305 per person
  • 3 people: $275 per person
  • 4-5 people: $235 per person
  • 6-7 people: $215 per person
  • 10 and younger: $175 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include Utah sales tax (6.75%) or guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking


This very popular Zion day hike is offered on request (we are able to accommodate most requests). Please contact us or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to give us your dates and get your tour planning started today!

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Canyoneering shoes, Neoprene socks, and walking stick rentals
  • Seasonally appropriate water hiking gear for cool and cold weather
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center (park in the Visitor Center parking lot). After walking to the Zion Outfitter to rent gear appropriate to hike in the cold water of the Narrows, we will board a shuttle bus for the 40 minute drive to the trailhead. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate this rendezvous and answer any questions you have.

Start Times

  • May 15 – Sept 26: 6am
  • Sept 27 – Oct 15: 7am
  • Oct 16 – May 14: 8am

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry an emergency communication device. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather In the Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah
Southern Utah is a high desert where the weather can vary significantly based on elevation and season. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). The ideal time to be in the Canyon Country is Spring and Fall.

Read below for sample average high and low temperatures in Zion National Park:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (12 reviews)
Gabriel R


7 months ago

Sam was an amazing guide! He did a great job communicating with us prior to our tour, which allowed us to adequately prepare. During the tour he was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. He patiently guided our group of four adults and two toddlers through an incredible hike up the Narrows. Sam made the hike enjoyable with his broad knowledge of the national park, passion for the outdoors, and relaxed attitude. 10/10 would recommend to a friend! Thanks, Sam.

Susan R

Wonderful Hike

8 months ago

We used Wildland for a tour of Zion Narrows. Our guide Jessica was the best! She was very thorough on the gear process and how to hike through the water and current in the Narrows. She had varying age groups to handle and did a wonderful job. And lunch was so good we got the recipe to make it at home!

Sanghee L

Enjoyed Experience

8 months ago

We were 3 people (My husband, I and our 12 years old boy). We never done serious hiking and also being Floridians we don’t get to hiking routinely. Our guide Jennie was excellent guide. We are not hiking people but she made sure we were prepared (dry suits for cold water, shoes, socks, and sticks) and comfortable. Through out The Narrows Zion hiking she made sure we were safe but also enjoying this experience. She made a fantastic lunch for picnic. With whole experience with her I can’t ask for any better guide and experience. Thank you Jennie! Cory, Sanghee & Khasha.

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