East Virgin River Utah Fly Fishing, Camping, Boating

East Virgin River


The East Virgin River runs from the east side of Zion National Park to merge with the main Virgin River. It has carved out many natural features and offers excellent fishing and scenic hikes.

  • The East Virgin River Utah runs from Mount Carmel Junction on the east of Parunuweap Canyon and eventually joins the main Virgin River
  • The Barracks is a challenging hike following the river through amazing canyon scenery
  • Tubing on the East Virgin River is a great way to cool off
  • The East Fork Virgin River is excellent for trout fishing 

Overview

The East Virgin River Utah carves its journey from Mount Carmel Junction on the east of Parunuweap Canyon and eventually joins the main Virgin River south of Springdale. Its many natural attractions draw visitors from all over the world and it is an excellent river for trout fishing.

Location and Information

The Virgin River runs for 162 miles from north of Zion National Park to the Colorado River and Lake Mead, AZ. The East Virgin River is part of that course, starting at Alton near Mount Carmel Junction on the east side of Zion National Park and eventually meeting the main river near Springfield.

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Activities

Hiking
The Barracks is one of many scenic hiking courses along the river. It follows the East Fork of the Virgin River through gorgeous canyon scenery through difficult terrain and an unclear trail at times. It continues to the Parunuweap Canyon, with challenging stretches which are rewarded with amazing views, slot canyons and towering cliff walls. Towards the end of the route is Fat Man’s Misery, which can be bypassed, before the trail ends at Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park.

Fishing
North of Glendale along Hwy 89 the East Fork Virgin River is excellent for trout fishing.

Tubing
Tubing on the East Virgin River is a great way to cool off in the summer. There are several companies in the area offering inner tubes and return transportation.

Canoeing/Rafting
Whitewater rafting on the East Virgin River encounters challenging rapids during the spring runoff from mid-April to late May and offers great opportunities for kayaking and rafting.

Fun Facts

The Parunuweap Canyon was discovered in the 1870s by John Wesley Powell who led a team of pack mules through this challenging area. The name means “Roaring Waters Canyon”.


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