Pa'rus Trail

EASY 115 reviews
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Pa'rus Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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Vistas, broad meadows, scenic footbridges, wildflower, and a 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.

walking
7 days ago

nice easy walk.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a basically a nice alternative way to get from shuttle stop 1 to shuttle stop 3 or vice versa. We found the views to be best between shuttle stop 2 and 3. We used this trail as a nice end of day cool down for the legs after hiking other places.

1 month ago

We did this cute , easy trial about 7pm , was very peaceful. Not crowded at all. Super easy, like walk in the park. Very nice views of the river.

1 month ago

Took the dog on this walk today! A beautiful 3 mile round trip in the canyon and my dog certainly appreciated the Virgin River access!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike - only one dogs can do in the park

hiking
2 months ago

A fun little hike that follows the Virginia river up from the Zion NP visitor center to till its terminus at Zion Park Blvd. An easy hike that allows for views of the pink and red sandstone cliffs that are the hallmark of Zion National Park. Would have like to have had more time in Zion, and will be going back, however being the beginning of spring break the park was crazy crowded.

4 months ago

Only thing accessible to me last summer while visiting National Parks out west while stuck in a wheel chair. It was beautiful, but if I go back to Zion in the future I will definitely be headed much further into the park.

walking
5 months ago

Great walk for the dog with awesome views. Most of it is a paved road but does have access points to river. We saw some deer along the hike as well.

hiking
7 months ago

great trail to walk your dog.

walking
7 months ago

short, easy, nice views. not a hike, definitely a walk. the only place you can take your dog in the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice view, only trial you can take your dog on.

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy walk along the paved path of the river.

It lets you walk your dog inside the park but it's not a great trail. Hot for a lot of the way, paved and hot on the dogs feet. Best part was getting the dogs in the river they loved it and cooled off.

walking
8 months ago

straight forward and enjoyable. lots of river access and great places to stop and view the Watchman.

walking
8 months ago

I ended up Rollerblading this trail only from the south campgrounds to the top canton Junction. Fun little trail would be easy for kids not a whole of shade, however lost of access points to the river. Very refreshing river! Does allow dogs and you can bike it... or rollerblade!

9 months ago

Nice trail to end the day on or if you have small children. Provides great views of the entire Canyon. Lots of people, bikes, and pets which was my only complaint. Paved trail which is not difficult.

walking
9 months ago

The only dog-friendly trail in Zion (dogs disturb wildlife). Dogs must be leashed. Trail is paved. Bike and wheelchair accessible. Once u get past the parking lots and campground, the trail chills out and gets beautiful. It parallels the Virgin River. Very scenic. Lots of wildflowers and river access points. Watch for mule deer and bats at sunset.

10 months ago

Nice walking along the river.

10 months ago

Nice views and you can ride your bike on it but it's definitely not the best Zion has to offer.

walking
10 months ago

Excellent for an early morning or late afternoon run. Wonderful easy trail for older or lesser athletic visitors as well.

walking
11 months ago

Nice walk. We camped at the South campground and this trail was not far. It's great to do around/after sunset for great views. There are many spots for river access. You can take this path to the Museum and Canyon Junction. We saw a lot of people biking and walking with their pets during the day.

11 months ago

Easy. Beautiful walk at sunset

11 months ago

beautiful! super casual walk, but great views

11 months ago

I love this trail very easy. Beautiful scenery !!

road biking
11 months ago

Nice trail to bike with kids.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nice, easy walk. I wouldn't classify it as a hike. We only did this one, because it's the only trail that allows dogs. (And that's too bad!).
It took a few minutes to find the trailhead, but if you go directly to the Visitor Center, it's right behind it.....by the shuttle stop. You actually have to walk passed the shuttle stop and then you'll see signs for the trail.
The trail is nice and relaxing once you pass the campground. The Virgin River follows the path or vice versa. Although there were several people on the trail, it wasn't too much. Several walkers. A few bicyclists. A few other dogs. All good.
From La Quinta to the end of the trail and back was 6.1 miles. A good morning walk indeed!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

After a very long drive with two surly tweeners in tow this easy, pleasant stroll was enjoyable. It's a good introduction to the park. We took this walk around 4:00 in the afternoon mid week in April. It wasn't crowded. At the end of the trail we took the bus all the way to the end and back.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Good easy trail, helps to catch bus at canyon junction (avoiding big queues )

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

This is the best kept secret in Zion...if you are camping at Watchman use this trail/bike path to bypass the crowed shuttle to Caynon Junction and you can peel off and head to the natural history museum in between, awesome little stroll along the creek, light traffic and great views
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hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

This is a nice, paved trail. You walk behind the campground and next to the river. If the line for the shuttle is long at the visitors center the Pa'rus trail provides an easy walk to the 2nd stop at the Museum which usually has a much shorter line.

For bikes this is a decent trail, but much slower than taking the road depending on your average speed while riding.

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