Equipped with special water shoes and hiking poles we rented early in the morning at a sports shop in Springdale village right at the park entrance, we take the shuttle to its last stop (station #9).
From here, the route starts with a leisurely walk along the Virgin River (following the signpost Riverside Walk). A short walk leads us to a point that seems to be the end of the route, but the number of people walking right into the river shows us where exactly the more interesting and challenging part of the route begins.
From here, we just follow the river. The depth of the water varies from season to season and from section to section. Always pay attention to warning signs.
In this one-way route, you can walk for many miles depending on your ability and stamina. Although not a particularly difficult route physically, over time, a long walk in the water, can be tiring (keep in mind: you also need energy for the way back). Also take into account that your feet, despite the special water shoes and socks, are wet throughout the tour and the water can be quite cool also during the summer months. Consider wearing/renting a wetsuit.
You can split the route at the Orderville Canyon or just keep walking along the road up the Virgin River. Getting to the river's origins involves walking for many miles and even going for a swim - just go to a point that is right for you and return the same way.
Along with all the instructions and warnings, this is a wonderful, beautiful and experiential route worth experiencing if the weather conditions allow it.
* Pay attention to the weather and ask if there is a flood warning.
* The route is challenging for children
* There are several sports/nature shops in the village of Springdale on the edge of the park where you can hire special shoes and water socks and walking sticks. It is not advisable to walk this route without this equipment. You can also rent suitable neoprene clothes.
* Note that there are no services on the way, only at the point where you get off the shuttle.
* Pay attention to sudden flood warning - leave the track immediately even if the risk is low
* Walk only with full equipment suitable for long walks in the water.
* Pay attention to the last departure time of the shuttle service
* Always pay attention to the depth of water
* The route is only partly suitable for children
Tips and hintsWe recommend using the Outdooractive App to always keep an overview of your current location and the route.
ParkingIn spring, summer and fall, you should park your car in the parking lot at the entrance of the National Park (where the main visitor center is located). From there, take the (free) shuttle to station #9.
Book recommendations for this region:
* Special water walking shoes (available in the shops at the entrance of the park).
* Sufficient amount of drinking water and food.
* Neoprene clothing (available in shops in the village at the edge of the park).
* Warm clothing - The trail is in the shade all year round and the water is therefore very cool even in summer.
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