Pa'rus Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers 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.
dogs on leash
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.
This trail is sometimes overlooked, but you likely will not be disappointed if you have time to fit it in. It is a paved walk from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. There is little shade, and it can get very hot in the lower portion of the main canyon. However, there are several places where it is easy to access the scenic and rocky Virgin River...and cool off if desired. The views of the many named peaks are spectacular. There is also a short spur trail that takes you to the Zion Human History Museum.
bike friendly flat trail next to the river with the towering canyon walls on both sides
A day to walk the dogs... there are numbers of Bridges to cross. Amazing view of the virgin river.
Dog friendly trail next to the virgin river.
Nice all paved trail with a couple of bridge crossings over the Virgin River. Very easy to walk, bike, or jog. Nice views of the lower canyon!
nice morning stroll before we headed out for the day. great spots for picture taking!
very easy to stroll along on the paved path.
A perfect last minute spot for a sunset. I imagine a sunrise would be even more splendid though since it faces the the east. It runs along the river. If your camping at south watchmen its your backyard.