Ok, obviously this isn’t a hike at all. It’s a company that offers a paid option to float the Virgin River. But, it’s awesome, so I’m going to tell you about it anyway. The Zion River Float is located in the adorable hippy town of Springdale, Utah.
Springdale, Utah is located right outside the beautiful Zion National Park.
The Virgin River gets pretty crazy when it’s full and the current is swift. Because of this, Zion Virgin River Tubing is open when river conditions are safe enough to do so, and usually open the months of May through July due to weather.
You can check the water levels here prior to going, to ensure they are open.
COST: $20 per person for 2 hours, with an age limit of 8 years old.
They claim that this is not a lazy river, however, there were only a few swift parts. Overall it was pretty mild. If you hit it the right spot on the small rapids, there’s a chance you could flip your tube, but it’s relatively harmless.
It’s tons of fun!
Keep in mind that there are some shallow areas where you can hit your back or bottom on the ground, which is covered in rocks. So, watch out! If you’re really nervous (not necessary, unless you have children) they also have life jackets for rent at $4/person.
Obvious: wear clothes you want to get wet!
Also, wear water shoes! I brought a waterproof camera as well.
You’ll park your car, float down the river, then hop on a shuttle that takes you back to where you started.
We had a relaxing, fun day on the river, complete with the scenic Zion views. It’s something off the beating path, with fewer people, and an amazing experience!