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RIVERSIDE WALK (GATEWAY TO THE NARROWS)
RIVERSIDE WALK (GATEWAY TO THE NARROWS) – ZION NATIONAL PARK, Springdale, UT
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 2 miles round-trip
The Riverside Walk (Gateway to the Narrows) is a nice little paved trail in Zion National Park that starts at the Temple of Sinawava and takes you along the river bank to the mouth of the canyon that takes you into the Narrows hike. This hike is a perfect one for families with kids that want to explore the canyon, and still be a safe distance from the river. If you want to get to the river, you can do that too! It is even stroller and wheelchair friendly. Don’t miss the little pool and the little hanging gardens along the way!
Round Trip Length
Average Hike Time
Trailhead: 37°17’06.8″N 112°56’51.6″W
Zion National Park
Distance from St George
54 Miles (1 hour 20 minutes driving)
Facilities Located at Zion Lodge
Best Time of Year to Hike
Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall
Best Time of Day to Hike
No Permit Required
Private Vehicle: Valid for 7 days. – $30.00
Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas.
Motorcycle: Valid for 7 days. – $25.00
Admits one non-commercial motorcycle to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas.
Per Person: Valid for 7 days. – $15.00
Admits one individual with no car to Zion National Park, including both the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon areas. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
Non-Commercial Organized Groups: Valid for 7 days. – $30.00
Organized groups such as Scouts, Clubs, Youth Groups, Churches, Reunions, etc. that do not qualify for an Academic Fee Waiver are charged as follows: $30.00 Non-commercial vehicles with a vehicle capacity of 15 or less. $15.00 per person Non-commercial vehicles with a capacity of 16 or greater. Fees will not exceed the commercial fee for the same-sized vehicle. Youth 15 and under are free. Individuals or families with any valid Annual or Lifetime pass may use their pass for entry at the per person
Zion Annual Pass: Valid for 12 months from purchase date – $50.00
Admits the pass holders and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle (14 passenger capacity or less) to Zion National Park.
Water Sources Available
Drinking fountains available at trailhead. Flowing river whole hike (only drink if purified and filtered)
No camping available on hike, but in designated Park Campground
Cement paved trail the entire way.
Partial sun exposure on trail. Lots of shade from trees and canyon depending on time of day.
TOP 5 HIKE HIGHLIGHTS
Beautiful Natural Pool
Hanging Wall Gardens
Plenty of Shade
DIRECTIONS TO TRAIL HEAD
Get Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on I-15 for about 18 miles and take exit 27 to Toquerville. Turn right on UT-17 and follow it for 6 miles. Turn left onto UT-9 and follow it for approximately 20 miles until you come to the park entrance. If parking is full inside the park, you can park in the town of Springdale and ride the shuttle up to the park. If you visit the park during the time the shuttles aren’t running, continue into the park for a couple of miles and turn left onto Floor of the Valley Road and continue for about 8 miles. Parking and the trailhead will be on the right.