Chamberlains Ranch is just northeast of Zion National Park and connects with The Narrows that one can traverse through the area. The Narrows are perhaps the most well known attractions to the national park as many people attempt to hike through these beautiful narrow canyons while wading through the Virgin River and its tributaries, which continue to carve the sandstone of the area.
This canyon network stretches from the entry in Zion Canyon on the south end to the north end at Chamberlains Ranch. The trek spans 16 miles, and it is rather grueling despite the fact that little elevation is gained since hikers must walk on river bed rocks that are uneven and slippery with algae. With such conditions, hikers need sturdy shoes that can get wet for hours; many people also bring hiking sticks to help provide stability. Also, since water is typically knee to waist deep, warm clothing and wetsuits are needed from November to April since the water is cold enough to cause hypothermia.
Caution is required when hiking The Narrows. Since these slender slot canyons dominate the region, flash floods are common when it rains in the region; it does not have to directly rain over The Narrows. These flash floods have killed several people in the past, but as long as hikers make sure that the weather is calm when they traverse these canyons, they will be safe.
Visit our Zion Rock and Mountain Guides homepage to learn more about hiking The Narrows and the tours and equipment we offer. We also host guided tours throughout the Zion National Park region with other activities like canyoneering and climbing.