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Zion Narrows Backpacking

San Bernardino Campus: 800am Sunday - 1000pm Wednesday
Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, July 24th at 500pm Location TBDOne of Utah's Finest Trip Category: Backpacking Trips, Sb Trips
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Listed as one of the “Best Hikes Ever,” the top-down hike in the Narrows of Zion can only be described as unforgettable.  The Narrows is a slot canyon with sheer cliffs rising a thousand feet above you.  We will be camping on the banks of the Virgin River. Not only will we be spending a night in the Narrows but we will spend two more days exploring all the things this inspiring park has to offer.  You are guaranteed an adventure you will never forget.


Day 1: We will be packing up all our gear at the SRWC in the morning before taking the 7-hour drive to Zion National Park in Utah where we will spend our first night camping underneath the Stars near Zion. Lunch will be at some stop on the road so remember your meal money.  Dinner will be served at our campground as we are packing up all that we need for our overnight backpacking trip through the Narrows the next day. 

Day 2: Early rise today for a nice and filling breakfast and finalizing all we need for our trip down the Virgin River.  It will take us roughly 3 hours to drive through the park to our trailhead at Chamberlain’s Ranch.  The trail starts as a beautiful and open valley and ranch and slowly transforms into a tall and narrow slot canyon.  As the walls become taller and the path narrower, we will be forced to tread through knee high water, so prepare to change into your water shoes. When we arrive at our campsite some 11 miles in we will be setting up camp, enjoying dinner and some great relaxation by the river.

Day 3: With a long day ahead of us we are going to need a great breakfast to get us going. Take in some breakfast and pack up what we have left and we will be on our way down the river again to the Temple of Sinawava, the end of the Narrows.  These last 6 miles of backpacking through the canyons green forests and ankle to waist deep water will definitely leave you with an extreme nature hangover.  Once we are back in the Zion Canyon we will be dropping our gear off at camp and walking into town for dinner.

Day 4: After all that backpacking you may want to sit back and relax some time at camp, but we would rather go and explore the rest of Zion! Our last day of Zion will feature possible excursions around the park to the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, or some other short trail adventure.  After lunch, we will pack ourselves back into our van and make our way back to CSUSB and relieve ourselves of all that nature we experienced during this trip.  We should be stopping somewhere on the road for dinner and arriving back by 10 pm.

How To Register

San Bernardino Campus

Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center membership desk during regular operating hours. Full payment (cash, check, Visa or MasterCard) is due at time of reservation. For more information give us a call at 537-CAMP. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.

Palm Desert Campus

Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Administrative Offices (RG203) during regular operating hours. Call 909-537-2348 for the campus phone outside RG203 to check availability and to complete registration information. After completing registration you will make full payment by cash, check or debit card (no credit cards) to the Administrative Office. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. See program description for details.


Sign Up Deadline: Wednesday, August 3rd at 600pm
Open to Ages: 18+ or CSUSB student || Activity Level: Level 3 - Moderate, up to 4-6 hours of activity per day
Student and SRWC Member: $150 | Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $180 | Affiliate: $195 | Community Member: $300