Zion Adventures:Guided hike of Narrows?

Old May 19th, 2015, 07:20 PM
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Zion Adventures:Guided hike of Narrows?

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I'll be in Zion NP with 2 boys 12, 14. I was hoping to do the tubing with Zion Adventures while we were there but it is not offered this year. I noticed on their website that they offer a guided tour of the Narrows. Has anyone done this and is it worth it or necessary? Any input is appreciated!
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Old May 19th, 2015, 07:21 PM
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Meant to say we will be there 2nd week of June. And is there anything else fun to do in Springdale besides the park just so I know?
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I love Zion, been there twice! I've done the bottom up Narrows both times as well, and I don't think a guided hike is necessary (although I've never done it). I enjoyed it just hiking on my own from the end of the Riverside Walk to Wall Street. The water is much lower this year than normal due to less snowfall, so you shouldn't have a problem.

If you are looking for things to do close by, you could check out Bryce Canyon NP and Red Canyon. Bryce is about an hour and a half drive (leave through the eastern entrance of Zion), but I definitely think it's worth a day trip there, or even an overnight. You will pass Red Canyon right before you get to Bryce.

On my list of things to do whenever I return to Zion is to visit the Kolob Canyons area and do the Kanarra Creek Canyon hike. I would also love to do the easier version of the Subway hike, but I know this requires a permit. I can't actually speak for how good these hikes are since I've never been there/done them, but I know it's a less visited area of Zion and they have all been recommended to me for when I return. May be something to consider while you are there since you will have a week. Have fun!
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Old May 19th, 2015, 09:59 PM
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The Zion Adventure Company is a great resource for the Narrows hike but you do not need the guided hike. They freely admit on their website that it is not necessary; rahter it is for people. Interested in commentary on the history, flora, and fauna.

With boys the age of yours I would advise just going on your own. Rent the shoes (and poles if you want) from Zion Adventure and check the weather and other advisories before you go. The hike is so much fun for adults and kids; it will be a great experience for your family.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 03:26 AM
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I hiked the narrows with my husband and two teenage boys, we hired equipment from Zion adventure but we went on our own, up to Wall St and it was great fun with lots of other people around. You'll have a great time, we visited in August.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 04:51 AM
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There is a lot of great mountain biking in the area, outside the park. Zion cycles rents bikes by the hr, 1/2 day, and full day and also offers guided trips, & can direct you to trails you can go on yourself. I've biked the Hurricane Rim trail, about 30min south of the park, parts of which are not for the faint of heart (300' drop offs to the river below).

www.zioncycles.com

You can tube by yourself in the river too. You don't need a guide. The simplest thing may be to buy some cheapo tubes or noodles and splash in the river in the park on the south end of Springdale. The water in June is likely to be too low for an extended float trip, but playing in the river is fun. You can also splash in the river IN the park - but you cannot use tubes or other floation devices. The stretch of river by the Zion lodge is easy to get to.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 06:21 AM
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Thank you much for all the feedback and suggestions. I will just rent the equipment and hike the Narrows on our own. Has anyone gone on the 4x4 tour of ghost town, etc. that the Adventure company offers?
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Old Jun 7th, 2015, 08:24 AM
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tubing would not be fun....while it is called the virgin river...it is basically a stream. only 6 inches to 2 ft. in depth mostly. there are plenty of places within the park to swim, wade. all of the river within the park is very very easily accessable. springdale does not offer much other than lodging, shops, and galleries....the boys will be bored i have a home there....and do not spend much time in the town...rather spending all my time in the park terry
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Old Jun 7th, 2015, 08:30 AM
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oh lord....dont rent any "equipment" for a narrows hike...you will be mad that you did !!! old sneakers and a bathing suit are all you need.
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Old Jun 7th, 2015, 11:07 AM
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Sorry laurastanz I disagree. We visited in August and although I guess the water levels were low they were above waist level at times and the poles were invaluable to my mind....we hiked to wall street and the gear wasn't expensive to rent but more importantly, they knew you were there....
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Old Jun 8th, 2015, 03:14 PM
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I can't imagine why you would want a guide in The Narrows. Just my opinion.

I Strongly recommend renting the shoes and having a hiking stick tho.
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Old Jun 8th, 2015, 06:22 PM
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I've hiked the narrows with old sneakers (my ankles ached for days) and with rented water hiking shoes (no problems)

I too strongly recommend renting the shoes and walking stick.

Sure, if you are only going for a 1/2 to 1hr total walk, then perhaps old sneakers are fine.
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there are plenty of sticks at the start of the river water....you dont need to rent one for goodness sakes.
and really if you are concentrating on where to put the stick as you walk then you arent enjoying where you are at.
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