Zion National Park alone has over 35 trails that vary in difficulty and length. Whether you love to backpack, hike, or enjoy scenic nature walks, there is something at Zion for you! There are even trails that are wheelchair and stroller friendly, making Zion enjoyable for all.
The Riverside Walk is a beloved and popular choice for those who have a young family or want to experience Zion without a strenuous hiking experience. Reaching this trail is simple and easy. You will board the shuttle that conveniently stops near the Driftwood Lodge and ride it until the final stop located at the Temple of Sinawava. At the trailhead, you will find restrooms and a water filling station so that you can hike in safety and comfort. The Riverside Walk is also the starting point of the Narrows trail that goes deeper into the canyon.
There is a paved trail that follows the Virgin River through the canyon, opening up to gorgeous views and lush foliage. It is a notably green and beautiful part of the canyon due to the weeping walls providing moisture for ferns and trees to flourish. You may also see chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and other common wildlife found in the area, adding to the experience.
The hike is approximately two miles round trip and typically takes around one or two hours, depending upon the speed you would like to go. There are some minor drop-offs along the trail, so those using wheelchairs may need assistance in these areas. The end of the hike opens to the mouth of the Narrows. There you can continue in the canyon, or take some time to play in the Virgin River’s waters before turning around.
So if you are looking for an awe-inspiring walk that connects you to nature, this is for you! The best part? It is perfect for the young and old, the experienced hiker and the amateur, for families and couples, and anyone and everyone.
If you are staying at the Driftwood Lodge, this is a classic Zion trail that you simply cannot miss. Visit the park’s visitors center for more information specific to the Riverside Walk trail, or ask the front desk at Driftwood Lodge for shuttle information and weather updates.