A Stunning Two Days. For experienced backpackers visiting Zion, the Narrows makes for a very nice one-night backpack trip. Breaking up the 16-mile hike into two shorter sections allows you lots of time to bask in the grandeur of this incredible place. You'll have time for photographs, swimming, side-canyon exploration, and you won't have to leave camp at 5:30 AM to catch the Chamberlains shuttle!
Through-hiking is most enjoyable with a light pack. Since you shouldn't hike The Narrows with rain in the forecast, you don't really need a tent, right? Do you really need to cook hot food, or can you assemble fuel-free feasts? Go easy on the "extras," and you can hike nimbly and easily down the river.
Overnight permits can be hard to get on holiday and summer weekends, so learn the permit procdures and act early. You must arrange a car spot or shuttle reservations for the trailhead at Chamberlains Ranch.