After hiking much of the Narrows trail in Zion National Park and really enjoying it, I wondered if there were any alternative places like it. It just so happens there were, and I’ve compiled an awesome list for you today of other areas like the Narrows that you can explore!
- 1 Here’s a preview of some of these hikes that are like the Narrows:
- 2 The 5 main reasons these places are worth visiting:
- 3 There’s more than 8 places like The Narrows, but here’s why I chose them:
- 4 Here are the 8 alternatives hikes and places that look like The Narrows:
- 5 1) Halls Creek Narrows:
- 6 2) Death Hollow Canyon:
- 7 3) Zebra Slot Canyon:
- 8 4) Coyote Gulch:
- 9 5) Oneonta Gorge:
- 10 6) The Barracks (back to Utah):
- 11 7) Buckskin Gulch:
- 12 8) Chute of The Muddy Creek
- 13 Have your own hikes like the Narrows to recommend?
Here’s a preview of some of these hikes that are like the Narrows:
- Halls Creek Narrows.
- Death Hollow Canyon.
- Zebra Slot Canyon.
- Coyote Gulch.
- Oneonta Gorge.
- The Barracks.
- Bulkskin Gulch.
- Chute of the Muddy Creek.
Now I was able to find these 8 destinations thanks to a lot of research, mostly done on YouTube and thanks to it’s related search suggestions.
And while none of these hikes are not as popular or as well known as the Narrows are (this is good since it’ll me an less people visit them), I will share the same videos that I discovered these places from and let you decide if they are worth hiking.
But I’m certain that you’ll probably see some of the options on this list and find them to be equally as beautiful if not more so.
In fact, I’d love to know a few things from you after you read this list:
1) Have you tried the Narrows hike?
2) Have you tried any of the 8 alternate hikes on this list and if so, how would you compare them to the Narrows?
3) Are there any other hikes like the Narrows you would recommend I add to this list?
Let me know below! But for me personally, I have only visited 2 of these places:
- Coyote Gulch.
- Oneonta Gorge and sadly this particular area was closed off!
But I am still aiming to do all of the 8 on this list and to update it once I get the chance. Before we get into the details of these 8 places, let me explain a very important thing and that is:
The 5 main reasons these places are worth visiting:
1) You’ll likely see a lot less people in most of these places since like I said it’s not as popular.
2) They are ALL gorgeous and some are very challenging for adventure seekers.
3) Most of the hikes in these places are simple, but you should go with other people for safety.
4) Many of the hikes on this list can each be done in 1 day.
5) 7 out of the 8 of them are in Utah, while the last one is in Oregon so if you’re already planning on seeing the Narrows, these other hikes are all in the same state.
There’s more than 8 places like The Narrows, but here’s why I chose them:
The Narrows hike can be classified as a gorge, a slot canyon or even both, and Utah for example is a state which has MANY slot canyons, but most of them do NOT look like the Narrows, which is why I selected these choices particular places.
All of them are trails that take you into the water and into a gorge/slot canyon, like you would experience with the Narrows.
Here are the 8 alternatives hikes and places that look like The Narrows:
Now it’s time to get to each hike and to show off why they are just as worthy of visiting as the Narrows are:
1) Halls Creek Narrows:
This trail looks remarkably similar to the one you’d see in Zion National Park, except there’s less green vegetation. You can easily find Halls Creek Narrows on Google Maps.
One thing to note is that before you go here, you will have to park your car and then travel at least 8 miles to reach this particular area, so this hike should be done over 2 days or more and is recommended for experienced hikers.
If you can get to this place in none flash flood seasons (winter and summer are usually the best times, not early spring), and you’re very athletic, you can do a day hike through this place, which would take over 20 miles.
Here is a preview of what to expect from the beautiful Halls Creek Narrows:
2) Death Hollow Canyon:
While looking up all these popular slot canyons on YouTube, Death Hollow Canyon came up in my related searches and obviously, I had to click to see what it was.
Even though the name of this place seems scary, from the actual video of 2 people doing this hike, it is far from that and is actually pretty peaceful and beautiful to explore.
Death Hollow takes awhile to reach from the trail head, and the actual narrows part of it looks more like the Subway hike of Zion National Park, but it’s a gorgeous hike.
Here is a video preview of how beautiful Death Hollow looks like:
There are numerous places from which you can enter Death Hollow Canyon, but being that I haven’t yet seen it for myself, I’ll just link you to this page which shows you the different spots to enter it from.
3) Zebra Slot Canyon:
This place is a mix of a traditional slot canyon where you can get into very tight spaces, but it leads you into a river and canyon and in some parts of this area, it can get tight and chest deep.
As for videos, I did find this particular one which I believe is most informative on what to expect and see in the area:
4) Coyote Gulch:
This is one of the 2 hikes on this list that I’ve done and in fact, I’ve been to Coyote Gulch twice, failing to reach it the first time I went and the second time, making it.
Out of all the hikes I’ve done in my lifetime, this was without a doubt the most strenuous and difficult one, as I chose to do a one day hike in Coyote Gulch which involved some short, but steep climbs.
However, Coyote Gulch itself has several access points, and the ability to explore it over a single day or several days is possible, and to learn more, I’ve included a link to help you do that above.
As for beauty, this place certainly has a ton of it, from gigantic natural bridges, to beautiful peaceful rivers, and giant canyon walls that you can explore.
It’s basically a larger version of the Narrows hike and one I highly recommend. That picture to the right is me exploring it awhile back.
This place is not far from Zebra Slot Canyon and in addition holds other awesome hikes. In fact, here is a list of the best hikes in Utah that I recommend trying.
5) Oneonta Gorge:
This is the area I attempted to visit during my Pacific coast road trip, and it is located in Columbia River Gorge, 2 hours inland into Oregon State, but as I said, a fire caused it to close, for several years in fact.
In 2020 I tried visiting it again, but sadly, there hasn’t been any indication on when it’ll finally open. But once it does, I will absolutely visit it.
Accessing this place and hiking it is probably the EASIEST out of all 8 choices. You literally park your car nearby and enter the trail which is a few 100 feet away.
It then takes you about a mile into the gorge (in water) and ends at a waterfall. I was VERY tempted to enter this location despite it being closed, but seeing all the giant icicles when I was there, the burned debris and on top of all this, the snow, I decided it wasn’t worth it, and headed back to the Oregon Coast.
This place looks like a more greener version of the Narrows and I cannot wait to see it.
Here is a preview of what to expect from hiking Oneonta Gorge:
6) The Barracks (back to Utah):
Another awesome suggestion came up today on YouTube for hikes and this one happens to literally be next door to Zion National Park. It is called “The Barracks”.
The great thing about this one is that it’s near the east entrance of Zion and I do recommend you actually go into the park and do the scenic drives there. In many ways, the Barracks looks almost identical to the Narrows in some places.
Here is a preview of what to expect from hiking the Barracks:
7) Buckskin Gulch:
I’d heard about this particular gulch when I first made this list, but apparently there is a Narrows type hike that goes into it, and the potential here is major considering how long this place is to hike. For a great tour and video of Buckskin Gulch, check out this video:
8) Chute of The Muddy Creek
Consider Chute of The Muddy Creek a type of “dirty Narrows” because you’re walking in mud that’s literally a river.
It is a great fun hike if you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty, and to show you this place well, again I am linking to the same people who I showed you exploring Buckskin Gulch. They are called Mediocore Amateur and they run one of the best hiking YouTube channels I’ve ever seen.
Here is a video of them hiking the Muddy Creek:
As for locations, the best one I could find from AllTrails.com.
This list will grow, but in the meantime, here are my recommendations:
Besides hiking these 8 areas, be sure to properly check on each spot, and see what is required to travel, because most of these places are not easy to reach, or hike for that matter.
Additionally, I also recommend you see many of the other places next door to each of these hikes. Because 7 out of the 8 of them on this list are in Utah, my advice is to explore the Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah as they are the main attraction of the state (for starters):
- Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Zion National Park (where the famous Narrows are).
- Capital Reef National Park (post coming soon).
- Arches National Park.
- Canyonlands National Park.
The hikes outside of that which include Coyote Gulch, Muddy Creek, Halls Creek Narrows, the Barracks are not in any of these national park areas, but if you’re short on time, I’d start with the national parks, do the Narrows hike in Zion and then mix it up by exploring the other parks, and if you’ve already done that, then try to do one or more of the hikes on this list.
Have your own hikes like the Narrows to recommend?
I’d love to know more of them and would happily add them to this list. And if these hikes are places you’ve already explored, I’d love to know how you feel they compare to the Narrows and if they are better! Thanks for reading!