45. The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah (16 miles)Learn More
The money-shot on this famous and demanding river course is the thousand-foot sheer sandstone cliffs soaring above the serpentine Virgin River. You’ve seen the photographs—it’s one of the most popular locales in Zion—though the particulars mean it’s relatively forsaken by tin-can tourists: many sections require wading waist-deep in the river, which is susceptible to flash floods (hikers have been swept away here), so the 16-miles feel more like 36. A two-day trip in the spring and summer, when the water tends to be the warmest and at its lowest level, goes from Chamberlain Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava and leaves time for hitting swimming holes and exploring side-canyons.
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