Pa'rus Trail is a 3.4 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.

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Zion National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. 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. Please note: this is the only dog-friendly trail in Zion National Park Accessibility: This trail is paved (asphalt then concrete), smooth, typically 8 to 10 feet wide, and mostly flat with some steep sections. The most accessible route is to start at the Overflow Parking Lot behind the Zion Nature Center and follow the concrete pathway through South Campground. The 0.25 mile section closest to the Visitor Center has some cracking in the asphalt, but the remainder is mostly smooth and flat concrete. Beyond that, most of the trail has between a 2% and 5% slope (estimated), but three sections of less than 30 feet each have steep slopes up to 12%. There are three resting plazas with shade structures but there are hot stretches without shade. The side trail to the Zion Museum is uneven, rocky, has tight turns, and large log steps so it is not considered wheelchair, mobility equipment, or stroller friendly.

Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767 (435) 772-3256 http://www.nps.gov/zion/

Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward .5 miles to the access road for South Campground. The trail leads through the campground and is also accessible via a short walk from the visitor center.

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Kaylee Kuti
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Walking

Nice trail for the dogs but some of the people on bikes lack common trail etiquette

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Kyra Anderson
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Easy walking trail and beautiful weather!

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Natalie Murray
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Paved and easy to access. Would be great for kids or seniors. Super pretty and easy to hike if you want something more manageable. We biked from town on the scenic drive which I highly recommend to make it more challenging and for a unique experience

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Kaylee Kuti
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Viv Benjamin
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Easy, lovely, relaxing, meditative walk. Barely saw anyone else on the trail.

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Brian Gilling
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Beautiful hike great scenery highly recommend it! Very easy

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Michael Theis
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Scott Krawitz
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Rajeev Sinha
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Pragya Srivastava
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Bridgy Oto
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Nothing special about this walking path. It’s entirely paved and mostly flat. This may be the only trail in Zion that allows dogs so we had to stop to stretch the doggos legs. A leash is a must for two reasons: 1) some of the trail offshoots lead to the river which has algae that is toxic to dogs and 2) there is plenty of dangerous cactus in the fields along the path that would not be fun to get stuck in some paws.

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Shaunna Shaunna
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Beautiful walking path

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Stephanie Synnestvedt
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Magana Ventures
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This easy trail gives you a good opportunity to have a pleasant walk/hike and see the surrounding mountains. Also, right off the trail in a portion there is access to a nice waterfall/swimming area you can go for a swim in. In my opinion this is a much better trail if you ride a bike. We rode rental mountain bikes on this trail and we really enjoyed it. I made a quick youtube video of the trail. My youtube name is Magana Ventures. I'll leave a link below to my video so you can check it out! https://youtu.be/K4dvENi0eUQ

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Ken Drake
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~ 3 miles round trip. Mostly flat wooded rustic trail; a very nice escape. It connects two parks that have many more rustic and paved trails. Enter from the lake in Burroughs park, turn left before the fence, stay right on the trails, entrance is about 1/2 mile on right, look for the yellow pole. Entering from Spring Creek Nature Trail, head left out of the parking lot, under the portico, left at trail marker, cross the creek on the cement slab and go up the hill, entrance is on the right.

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Naomi Nelson
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Shandra L
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Mary Strickland
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Paved, well maintained, lts of benches. Great for small kids. Only trail in Xion that allows dogs.

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Whitney Jones
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It’s a nice walk for beginners.

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Maddie Shipshock
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Very beautiful and peaceful walk along the Virgin River with some cool scenes of the canyon all around. Love the way the peaks tower over you down on the floor of the canyon. Cool views in the grassy areas and an awesome little waterfall in the river at the end of the hike. Recommend if you’re looking for a relaxing walk with great views!

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John Allan
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Just a quick and easy hike after we arrived at the Watchman Campground in Zion's. Great way to start our exploration of Zion National Park. Beautiful sunset at about 5:40 pm.

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D Frank
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all trail and road

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Kasey Johnson
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Nice easy paved walk with picturesque views and bridges. I think it would be more fun to bike.

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Chrissy Sara
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Fernanda Novela
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Easy & nice hike. Great views!

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Tanya Anticich
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Mark Christner
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paved trail that follows the virgin river. some cool bridges too. awesome views too!

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richard guerrero
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Hayley Martinez
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Simple and on concrete. Great for bikers and runners. Nice views of the mountains.

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Enrico Gutierrez
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