Zion National Park has ceased issuing backcountry wilderness permits for people wishing to hike the full length of the Zion Narrows from the top to the bottom.
The full length of the Narrows is about 16 miles long. Some hikers do the full 16 miles in a single day and others hike in part way, camp for the night, and finish the hike the next day.
The reason Zion National Park officials have ceased issuing permits to hike the Narrows from the top down is because the upper access point crosses private land and the landowner has recently closed it to public access. The landowner has posted signs on his land reading “Private Property, No Trespassing”. In addition to the “Private Property, No Trespassing” signs the land owner has also posted signs which invite buyers to purchase over one mile of the Zion Narrows, adding it has “water resort potential.”
Day hikers can still access and hike the Narrows from the bottom and travel upcanyon.