Virgin - 01. South Campground (Zion NP) or Springdale to Virgin

Virgin, Utah, US


01. South Campground (Zion NP) or Springdale to Virgin

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09405500 200 - 3000 cfs II 00h53m 48.3 cfs (too low)

River Description

The listed put-in is actually on the North Fork, but just downstream lies the confluence with the East Fork, and together they become the Virgin River. (A portage around the Rockville Diversion just upstream of this confluence is highly recommended.) Downstream, the river meanders through easy riffles in a broad, flat valley, crossing Highway 9 in several places.

Be aware that the run may require considerably more caution than the class II rating implies, as you will no doubt encounter numerous debris piles, many fences (barbed wire, wire-mesh, and occasional electric fencing), several diversion structures, and at least one hazardously low bridge. Downstream of the town of Virgin, the river runs through a slot in a limestone ledge, signalling the start of a limestone canyon.

A dirt road on river-left (south bank of the river) offers a number of possible take-outs. Be certain of your take-out, as there is no access at the Quail Creek Diversion dam (the road is gated and locked), and the river downstream is Class VI.

Virgin River Runners Coalition web site includes detailed descriptions of the different sections. Also see
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Last Updated: 2017-07-09 22:24:23

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 28 2017 (565 days ago)
Susan Hollingsworth ElliottDetails
The Virgin River Runners Coalition website is actually (not .org - that is
some Japanese site).

Do more than just check gauges; join over 5,000 AW members today.

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