The Narrows Regulations

Visitors hiking in The Narrows

You can help preserve and protect the Zion Narrows for future generations by following these regulations and Leave No Trace principles.

Day Hiking Bottom-Up

  • Wilderness Permits are not required for hiking trips starting at the Temple of Sinawava.

  • Upstream travel in the Narrows is not permitted beyond Big Spring.

  • Upstream travel is not permitted within Orderville Canyon.

Wilderness Permits

  • Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips, and for day trips top-down from Chamberlain’s Ranch through the Zion Narrows.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Be aware of the weather and the Flash Flood Potential rating. Continuously evaluate the weather and adjust plans to keep you and your group safe. Have a back-up plan.

  • Take action to ensure that your group is self-reliant and aware of the risks involved with hiking in the Zion Narrows.

  • Everyone in the group should have the proper equipment, skill level, and physical ability.

  • Know that rescue is not a certainty. Your safety is your responsibility.

Group Size Limits

  • The maximum group size limit for the Narrows upstream of Orderville Canyon is 12 people.

  • A group is any number of people sharing the same affiliation (e.g., club, scout troop, colleagues, family, friends, etc.) on the same trail on the same day, even if they have multiple permits.

  • Group size limits are strictly enforced. Permits will be denied and violators will be cited if limits are exceeded.

Structured and Guided Activities

  • Structured and/or formally guided activities facilitated by educational, commercial, or like organizations are authorized to occur only on frontcountry trails.

  • Such activities are not authorized to take place in park wilderness areas. (Primitive and Pristine Zones)

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • When hiking in the Zion Narrows please stay in the watercourse to protect vegetation.

  • Using and creating social trails can lead to soil compaction, erosion, and unsightly scars on the landscape.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • All Wilderness Permit holders must carry solid human waste out of the Zion Narrows in personal wilderness toilet bags.

  • All Wilderness Permit groups must carry at least one personal wilderness toilet bag per person while hiking.

  • Toilet paper must be carried out.

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Carry out all trash, including food wrappers, apple cores, fruit peels, nut shells, and toilet paper. Dispose of all waste in a proper trash can or dumpster. Recycle the rest.

Leave What You Find

  • Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.

  • Protect the canyon walls from graffiti, vandalism, and muddy handprints. Please do not build rock cairns. Leave the canyon in a natural state for others to enjoy.


  • Campfires are not allowed in the wilderness. Please use a small gas stove.

Protect The Wilderness

Wilderness is a rare wild place where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the earth and find healing, meaning, and significance. Knowledge, respect, and understanding for these wild and undeveloped places will ensure that they remain spectacular for years to come. To learn more visit the National Park Service Wilderness page and Wilderness Connect.

Leave No Trace

While hiking in Zion, please show respect for your national park and your fellow visitors by following each of the Leave No Trace principles.

Last updated: March 16, 2020

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