Overview - Date/Time: March 28, 2017/ ~ 2:00 p.m - Weather Conditions: Clear skies, warm - Time Duration: 1 hours - Distance: 2 miles roundtrip Difficulty: easy
Originally, we intended to focus on Zion’s most visually stunning sights and trail, which is the Narrows. However, due to the recent flash floods, access to the Narrows was closed off. However, the trail leading up to the entrance to the Narrows trail was surprisingly pleasant and easy throughout. Riverside Walk provides a minimal yet satisfactory showcase of the valley-aspect of Zion National Park and the Narrows, while also presenting its own unique and tranquil ambiance with the road by the river banks and the vast amount of wildlife and greenery.
The entrance to Riverside Walk can be reached by taking the shuttle bus or driving to the Temple of Sinawava stop, which is the last stop before the bus begins its trip back to the Visitor Center. Follow the fenced out path to enter the Riverside Walk trail, and you immediately see signs and informational stands that lead you towards the Narrows. From there, you can choose to follow the paved path, which curves to the right, or you can choose to walk closer alongside the riverbend by turning a slight left into an open field that connects to the Virgin River.
The scenery is consistent all the way to the end, which is trees lined up by the paved road and the rushing river to your left side going downstream. You will eventually know you’ve nearly reached the end when you can no longer go along the shore path any more, from there you need to walk five more minutes to reach the end of Riverside Walk and the beginning of the Narrows.
The road ends with a circled section, and you can walk down some steps back onto the river bank and peer down the river from the shore. The narrow corridor paved with the river is where you would normally walk through into the Narrows (hence the name), but the height of the river already reached above knee level, when normally it would start at the ankle. But just by looking down the valley, you can see the heights of the valley walls and the flow of the river flowing down from the corridor, which brings a sort of serenity to the view.
Sadly, we were really saddened that we couldn’t start our trek through the Narrows. But even if we ended our hike by staring down the valley corridors, we felt accomplished and proud of how many places we had visited before we got to this point. And all I can say from this is that we can’t wait to go back there and see what lies ahead around that corner.