Pa'rus Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Vistas, broad meadows, scenic footbridges, wildflower, river for wading Bike riders have known about the Pa'rus for years and many walkers staying in the Watchman Campground make use of the trail. You'll find a few spots shaded by cottonwoods, ash, and maples where you can slip into the Virgin River to soak the feet. This trail, unsung in the guides, allows the named peaks to check you out as you jog or just stroll. Signs tell about features along the way such as the diversion dam which allows Zion NP to quench the thirst of the town of Springdale while retaining the wild character of the lower gorge. If you feel restless and in need of a winding down after one or more of the up-canyon hikes in Zion, the Pa'rus Trail may be the antidote you need. It's an easy walk along the Virgin River where you can enjoy a paved path, rusting footbridges, meadows, and spectacular vistas of the gorge's features. The name is Paiute for "bubbling, tumbling water". You will see plenty of that and much more that is lovely to the eye and the ear.
A day to walk the dogs... there are numbers of Bridges to cross. Amazing view of the virgin river.
Dog friendly trail next to the virgin river.
Nice all paved trail with a couple of bridge crossings over the Virgin River. Very easy to walk, bike, or jog. Nice views of the lower canyon!
nice morning stroll before we headed out for the day. great spots for picture taking!
very easy to stroll along on the paved path.
A perfect last minute spot for a sunset. I imagine a sunrise would be even more splendid though since it faces the the east. It runs along the river. If your camping at south watchmen its your backyard.
We took the Pa'rus trail from the campground as a warm up hike to the shuttle stop for Angel's Landing. When we arrived at the stop it was empty! We had only been there a minute or two when a park service vehicle rolled up and started pulling out barricades. We were informed we would not be able to hike any trails and had 48 hours to leave the park due to the government shut down. I'll get back there some day and hike that trail. It was certainly a sad time for the park service. And many travelers.
Nice easy walk. Once through the campgrounds it's fairly pleasant. Good access to the river at many points. Saw lots of deer.
More like a nice stroll than a hike. It is an easy, wide, paved path that winds next to the Virgin River and along the campsites. When we went a couple weeks ago there was construction going on so part of the trail was closed off. If you are just looking for a relaxing walk through Zion, it doesn't get any easier than this.
My children loved mountain biking this trail from the campground.
Great spot to get out and stretch your legs. Trails are what you make off them.
Very easy, flat, paved bike and hike path. We walked from the junction to the visitor center as it was getting dark. Nice little walk where all you need is a light source if it is getting dark.
It's an easy paved trail that made for a great after dinner stroll at dusk. We saw quite a bit of wildlife including "stink bugs", mule deer along the river and up on a ridge, and a beaver swimming in the river. We walked the trail to the Canyon Junction shuttle stop and rode the shuttle back to the Visitor Center. Definitely a relaxing stroll after tackling more challenging trails earlier in the day.