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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

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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. Please note: this is the only dog-friendly trail in Zion National Park

hiking
no shade
7 hours ago

walking
3 days ago

Very nice paved path along the Virgin River with spots to access the river. More of a walking/bike path than a hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Fun hike! My kids loved it! They spent a lot of time playing in the river and cooling off on a hot afternoon. Completely paved and easy walk, flat. Very busy with both hikers and bikers. Some of the bikers were riding very fast and approached without warning - be alert and on guard. Very nice scenery!

hiking
5 days ago

We called this trail The Narrows Junior - similar terrain with different views

hiking
7 days ago

Paved trail with river access and amazing views of Zion. Dog friendly. Bring sunscreen and bug spray, also a camera! Follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen for photos and find other fun adventures in the southwest

hiking
8 days ago

We biked this trail with kids. Youngest was 5 and although he walked a few times because of the hills, it was still perfect. Several places to access the river to jump in and play.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Biked this after doing the narrows hike on our way back to Springdale. It’s a great alternative to riding on the road from scenic drive back to the visitor center (or vice versa). Beautiful views on the way and lots of river access points.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice easy trail. Great views of the lower canyon near Springdale and good river access. Nice to stretch your legs. This would have been a good one to bike as well.

camping
13 days ago

Staying at the Watchman campground. this is the only dog freindly trail nearby. Nice paved trail with numerous access points to the river. Minimal elevation. This was a bonus since our St Bernard is not a fan of the heat (98 degrees). Lots of bicycle and foot traffic.

hiking
13 days ago

Did the trail to get more miles in and complete all of the open trails at Zion. Nice short walk with lots of river access!

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great for a bike ride. Average for a hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Such a good easy trail to stroll on or exercise.

walking
bugs
no shade
17 days ago

It is a flat, but great trail. The river was cold, but I swam in it. There is a giant waterfall there, and I swam on it. This is a great running trail, and there are a variety of plants and trees. There are also many educational signs that give you information about the park and river.

walking
19 days ago

Very calm walk. I used this for a way to get back to Springdale after sunset at canyon junction bridge. It was a 30-45 min walk. Very pretty and calming in the evening light. There are several bridges that cross over the river that provide for great shots at any time. And several access points to river. Very nice walk. All paved.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice and relaxing trail, no shade on the trail as some have mentioned, but plenty of pull offs if you want to cool off in the river of get shade off trail. Dog loved the water.

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

This trail is right off the visitor center. It’s completely paved and fairly flat. Gorgeous scenic views and being right next to the Virgin River makes it nice to dip your toes in on hot days. There’s very little shade on this short trail so bring water, wear a hat, and avoid going in the heat of the day.

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

This is a super easy hike but not recommending to do it in the afternoon as there was very, very little shade. Beautiful scenic walk though. Great for kids and people of all ages.

walking
28 days ago

Very easy walking trail. Fully paved and level. Good for families or if you are looking for a easy leisurely walk with great views of zion. Very little shade though, fortunately there are designated trail markers leading to river to cool off if needed. I started at about 1pm and it was a little congested with bicyclists and other walkers but still very relaxing

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Super easy walking trail. Great for families or those wanting something less challenging. Completed this mid-day after Angels Landing. Lots of people on bikes and scooters. Trail also has multiple river access points.

hiking
29 days ago

Fully paved pathway. End goes out to the Zion Scenic Drive. More of a walk or stroll than a hike.

hiking
29 days ago

Paved & flat, surrounded by tall peaks and great views

hiking
29 days ago

This is a beautiful, flat, paved trail that runs down the center of Zion. 360 degree views of the canyons in all directions. Beautiful fauna as well. Great for sunset or when the sun is not directly above, as there is not much shade. Great hike for the inexperienced hiker or older folk. Will do again for sunset tomorrow!

running
1 month ago

Hey there runners, if you start from the South Campgrounds and turn around at the Canyon Junction underpass, it's exactly a 5k!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Great easy trail! We went to the river access and our doggie took a swim! Recommend for the entire family!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I can’t begin to say how disappointed I am at this “dog-friendly trail”. The ONLY dog-friendly trail in this whole park and it’s black asphalt lava lane. It does have a River your dog can go in which is also loaded with children and adults but no paths to walk beside it. So you are stuck to a trail that your dog can’t walk on between the lava, sand spurs getting caught in their paws and what I can mean wheat which are like little daggers to skin. I was very much looking forward to this trail but found it unbearable for my dog 10 minutes in. And bc Zion doesn’t allow u to bring ur dog anywhere else (even on lead) we drove for 2 days and can’t experience this beautiful place.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a pretty trail! Came early before the crowds. Plenty of parking. Very easy for kids/older folks. We loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

The turn-off to Angel’s Landing was closed, and I started before sunrise, so I decided to keep going on the West Rim Trail and ended up climbing until I reached the first backcountry campsites. I encountered very few others that early on the way up, which was a delightful hike with great views and steep drop-offs. Once I neared the Angel’s Landing turn-off on the way back down, the trail got more and more crowded and almost no one even tried to respect social distancing rules except me. Be aware that if you’re trying to remain vigilant during the pandemic, this is not the trail for you by the time it hits late morning. All in all, the trail was amazing, particularly when I had solitude. The other hikers were generally not.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail. Multiple spots to go off trail and cool down on the Virgin river. One of the only trails that allows dogs in Zion.

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