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Monday, April 30, 2012

Zion Narrows Hike Opens From Bottom Up

Spring runoff is ending early this year in southern Utah and as a result the hike into The Narrows from Temple of Sinawava is now open. The hike from the top down is not yet open but will open up soon.

The National Park Service posted this information and photo on the Zion Park Facebook page:

The hike into The Narrows from the bottom up (starting at the Temple of Sinawava) is open, including Imlay, Orderville, and Mystery Canyons. The top down portion from Chamberlain’s Ranch to Big Spring remains closed.

Though The Narrows are open, keep in mind that the river is still cold, swift, and deep. The water temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Always check the weather and current conditions at the visitor center before starting your hike. The flow rate can be found at http://on.doi.gov/fSY25w.

During spring snowmelt, The Narrows from the Temple of Sinawava to Big Spring closes when the flow rate is over 150 cubic feet per second. It reopens when the flow rate drops below 150 CFS for 24 consecutive hours. The top down portion, from Chamberlain’s Ranch to Big Spring, closes when the flow rate is over 120 CFS. It remains closed until the river flow drops below 120 CFS for 24 consecutive hours.

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