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Riverside Walk

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Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 75' 23 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 4,521' 1,378 m
Low: 4,446' 1,355 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Soak up some amazing views along this paved path as it follows the Virgin River.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly As an ADA accessible path, this route is perfect for the entire family - from Grandma to young children.

Overview

Billed as the perfect family stroll, Riverside Walk is open year round and is accessible to everyone.

Description

This wonderfully low-commitment hike starts from the Temple of Sinawava and works its way north, along the shores of the Virgin River. Along the way hikers will have awesome views of the river itself, as well as some ultra lush "hanging gardens" Zion is famous for.

Riverside Walk ends just before the start of the famous "Narrows" portion of the Virgin River Canyon. From the end of the paved trail, you'll be able to see visitors venturing into the narrow canyon, weather permitting of course. If this type of adventure is appealing to you, consider attempting The Narrows - Bottom Up Route.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors are often surprised by the relative lushness found in Zion Canyon. The riparian area of the Virgin River supports enormous cottonwood trees and a diversity of herbaceous plants and grasses. Nearby, saturated wetlands make nice habitat for cattails, willows, aquatic plants, and rushes. Water seeping out of the Navajo sandstone creates tranquil springs and the unique “hanging gardens” for which Zion is famous, full of ferns, wildflowers, and mosses.

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Oct 13, 2019
Kirstin Johnson
Oct 6, 2019
Eric Harrill
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Sep 29, 2019
Ada Hui Xu
Sep 28, 2019
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Sep 27, 2019
KC Kappen
Sep 27, 2019
Gina Webster
Sep 25, 2019
Rob Holthaus
Easy hike to begin in Zion park. Vers beautifull sightseeing
Sep 24, 2019
Ada Hui Xu

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  4.1 from 102 votes

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The Narrows, Zion National Park
Feb 3, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Starting your journey from the Temple of Sinawava along Riverside Walk.
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The Narrows.
Aug 18, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The Narrows.
Dec 17, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The Pulpit
May 10, 2019 near Springdale, UT
The Narrows.
Jan 14, 2016 near Springdale, UT

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