How to beat the crowds:
•The further you hike in, the fewer people there will be. We went in 3 miles and there weren't that many people.
•Start EARLY! The best time to start is around 8-11 am. We headed back at around 12 pm and we saw the amounts of people just arriving and it was crazy!
• There are cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in the Virgin River & Zion streams. The park monitors monthly for the presence of harmful cyanobacteria and advises you to wash off immediately, not to drink water, or touch your mouth or face after touching the water in the streams.
• Make sure there are no flash flood warnings, it can be very dangerous.
How to prepare for the hike:
• Dress like you will get wet: because you will! We brought our own water shoes, but you can definitely wear an old pair of sneakers or rent some shoes nearby outside the park.
• Rent Equipment: This is key for those traveling in colder weather. There are many gear rentals in Springdale. If you're staying at Cable Mountain Lodge you'll get 10% off the Zion Outfitter gear rental.
You can rent the following:
•Dry bags/waterproof backpacks - About $10.
•Footwear package - Waterproof shoes and socks - Around $29 WORTH IT!
•Dry Pants - About $39 (Dan loved these, they kept him warm and dry, but I found the suction at the bottom unbeatable and decided not to wear it.
•Walking Stick - $10 - WORTH IT! The walking sticks really help you while hiking the narrows. There are many people who slip on the rocks and get hurt.