In 2010, The Virgin River was designated as a Wild and Scenic River, preserving and protecting this unique body of water in its natural and free-flowing state. Please adhere to the NPS regulations (nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/…
) to minimize you impact while visiting the Narrows.
A permit is required for those starting at Chamberlain's Ranch (Narrows Top Down) or to continue past Big Spring (The Narrows - Bottom Up).
This isn't suitable for a trail run as you'll be fording a river most of the time.
Running in The Narrows requires careful planning before starting, as it is a serious endeavor that can be both challenging and risky. Your safety is your responsibility and requires sound judgment, proper preparation, and constant observation. Contact the Zion park rangers at the visitor center for current water conditions, flash flood potential, and weather forecast.
Upon reaching the end of The Narrows - Bottom Up Route, Go LEFT to begin this extension. Heading right leads into Orderville Canyon, which is prohibited by the park service.
Wall Street is the narrowest part of The Narrows
and is where it truly becomes a slot canyon—at this point, the 2000 foot walls around you close to within 20 feet in areas. At approximately 0.5 miles from the Orderville fork, you'll pass Floating Rock: a giant rock bisecting the river that you can navigate around.
Further up the canyon, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Hiccup Springs. While it is not very visible, other than a little crack on the left side of the river, you should be able to hear the gurgling noise when approximately 0.8 miles from the Orderville fork.
From here, the water will increasingly deepen in sections and the canyon walls will open up as you approach the Boulder Pair (approximately 1.5 miles). The Boulder Pair is a set of 2 giant boulders that block the river and mark the beginning of the boulder-obstacle portion of the route. While it's not very difficult to get through this obstacle, you'll still want to be careful as it's a long run out to the parking area.
Next up, you'll find Sipping Turtle (another gurgling noise maker) roughly 1.8 miles from the Orderville fork. From here, it's only another 0.4 miles until you reach Big Springs and the end of your journey—you'll need to stop here unless you have a permit. Big Springs marks a great end to your journey, as the giant boulder and obvious waterfall are a great place to stop, grab some water and lunch, and prepare for your journey out.