Zion Narrows Itinerary (5 Days)

As a follow-up to the Half-Dome hike that we had accomplished just a month prior, we also managed to scratch the full Zion Narrows hike off the bucket list as well. Julie and I were accompanied by another couple who were passionate about overnight backpacks, but at least this one didn't require us to bring shelter with us into the hike. With Julie and I in probably as good a shape as we were ever in, we took on this hike and the logistics around securing the permits, which manifested itself in the itinerary you see below. I would imagine that any aspirations of doing the Zion Narrows would involve an itinerary that looked like this. And while the scenery was unforgettable and the memories were well-cherished, I have to confess that this trip was also most memorable for a different kind of drama. Indeed, this was the trip where I totaled my Dad's mini-van after hitting a deer that ran across the road. Needless to say, the free day I had before the Zion Narrows hike was filled with calls to the Insurance, working with the tow truck guy, and renting a temporary car, which eventually had to be dropped off at home. I guess this experience really forced me to appreciate and respect the very real hazard of wildlife on the roads.

Day Overnight Activity
1 Zion National Park, UT
Watchman Campground
2 Zion National Park, UT
Watchman Campground
Deer Incident, Car Rental Pickup
3 Zion National Park, UT
Zion Narrows Campground
First Half of Narrows Hike, Zion Narrows Waterfalls
4 Zion National Park, UT
Watchman Campground
Second Half of Narrows Hike, Zion Narrows Waterfalls
5 Home Car Rental Return

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