Hike:
Riverside Walk

Trail Duration

  • 2.2 Miles
  • 3.5 Kilometers
  • 1 to 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty/Rating:

Easy

Elevation Gain:

57 Feet/17 Meters

Photography by:

Enlighten Photography Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

yes

Permit Needed

no

Pets Allowed

no

Directions To Trailhead

By Shuttle:

From the Springdale & Zion Canyon Visitor Center, continue another 1.4 miles on SR-9 to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Once inside the park, take the first right turn and travel about 0.3 miles towards The National Park Visitor Center, making your first right to park. (If you’re driving an RV or have a trailer,, take your first left instead). Continue on to the Zion National Park shuttle stop in front of the Zion National Park Visitor Center (Stop 1). Ride the shuttle all the way to the last shuttle stop (Stop 9) and get off at The Temple of Sinawava.

By Car in the Winter:

From the Springdale & Zion Canyon Visitor Center, continue 1.4 miles on SR-9 to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Once inside the park, continue another 1.5 miles to the Zion Canyon Scenic Route (sign on right side: Zion Lodge, Scenic Drive) and turn left. From there, travel another 6.1 miles to The Temple of Sinawava. This is where you will park for the hike.

Highlights

The Altar and The Pulpit located right behind you (if looking towards the start of the trailhead).
Lots of hanging gardens all along the canyon wall on your right
One of the most narrow places off the scenic driving route.
Lots of little side trails to gain river access.

Best Time to Hike

Year Round (portions can be closed in during winter due to falling ice).

Secrets/Tips

Keep a lookout for squirrels, mule deer and even Great Blue Herons by the river.
The squirrels will beg for food but please don’t feed them or try to pet them.

Special or Recommended Gear

Good walking shoes or good water shoes and neoprene socks if you plan on going into the river.
Hat and sunblock if you are going in the summer months even though this trail offers lots of shady areas.

Other

Paved walkways
Wheelchair and stroller accessible. (Note: sometimes sand makes it’s way onto portions of the walkway which can make pushing wheelchairs and strollers a little difficult over those areas).
Great trail for families and small children
No pets are allowed
Water fill station located at first of trail along with restrooms (Note: water stations turn off during the winter months of Nov-Feb).

Nearby Trails

The Narrows Past the 1.1-mile paved trail.

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