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

partially paved

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

57 minutes ago

Pleasant, easy hike through some of the most beautiful scenery of Zion.

walking
3 days ago

I would def consider this a walk instead of a hike. It’s such a lovely walk though! So peaceful to do in the evenings or mornings. It was a great cool down after a day of hiking other trails. Saw lots of deer and the views are great!

14 days ago

A lovely, gentle hike with drop dead gorgeous views all around! Follows the Virgin River, and crosses over it over bridges several times. A great warm up or cool down hike, or if you are just in the mood for something chill! There are several places with river access, and I enjoyed soaking my feet in the icy water after a longer hike earlier. Enjoy!

15 days ago

More of a “walk” than a hike. Flat and paved pretty much the whole way. But just like every other part of Zion, there are some great views.

hiking
2 months ago

we found this to be one on the less crowded trails in Zion. A nice relaxing stroll actually.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to do with a dog in Zion. Right along the river most of the way so we were able to go down and cool off multiple times. Parking at the visitor center is a nightmare though! Can’t take the shuttle with a dog.

walking
2 months 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
3 months ago

Great walk and only trail dogs are allowed in park

4 months 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
4 months ago

Nice walk to stretch your legs after the drive in.

4 months ago

Quick, easy & breathtaking!

4 months 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.

4 months ago

easy walk and great views

hiking
4 months 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.

5 months ago

Easy walk

walking
6 months ago

nice easy walk.

hiking
6 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.

6 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.

7 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
8 months ago

Fun hike - only one dogs can do in the park

hiking
8 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.

10 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
11 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
Thursday, October 19, 2017

great trail to walk your dog.

walking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Super easy walk along the paved path of the river.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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!

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