Pa'rus Trail

EASY 136 reviews
#10 of 87 trails in

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

walking
2 days ago

Awesome spot. Beautiful views and the puppers loved it! Just watch out for bikes if you are walking your pup because the turns are sharp and people were riding fast.

walking
16 days ago

Great walk and only trail dogs are allowed in park

1 month ago

Have done this by foot and by bike. Paved, but scenic and not super crowded. A great way to get some time in the park right from the main visitors center.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk to stretch your legs after the drive in.

1 month ago

Quick, easy & breathtaking!

1 month ago

Super easy hike! We used this hike to avoid the lines at the visitor center and we got a great view of the beauty of Zion and the beauty of the virgin river.

1 month ago

easy walk and great views

hiking
1 month ago

If your legs are sore after more strenuous hikes, this is a great trail to take. There's little to no elevation gain and you're always close to a shuttle. You can wander along close to the Virgin River, or take the trail up to another shuttle stop.

2 months ago

Easy walk

walking
3 months ago

nice easy walk.

hiking
3 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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
5 months ago

Fun hike - only one dogs can do in the park

hiking
5 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.

7 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
8 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
9 months ago

great trail to walk your dog.

walking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 months ago

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

walking
11 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!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nice walking along the river.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

walking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

walking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

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