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You won’t reap the benefits of a lazy lounge in one of The Narrows’ swimming holes without first overcoming a somewhat challenging hike. The hole is described as the spot where the Virgin River comes off a narrow canyon and can be reached through several different routes. According to swimmingholes.org, the first mile of the Riverside Trail is paved and you will pass several small swimming holes along the way, but once you enter the Virgin River Canyon and head north, you’ll have to trek through some shallow waters. After about 1.5 miles of walking in the river, you will come to where The Narrows really begin. That’s where Orderville Canyon comes in. Hike up this canyon about half a mile and you will come to small falls with several swimmable pools.