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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.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

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Forest

Partially paved

River

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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

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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Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

Paved trail with river access and amazing views of Zion. Do not let your pet get into the water! The bacteria in the water can also hurt humans. Bring sunscreen and bug spray, also a camera! Follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen for photos and find other fun adventures in the southwest

Jonathan Gellert
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Hiking
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B Sommer
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Hiking

Recommend starting 2 hrs before sunset - the sun will be blocked by the mountains, leaving the trail in the shade. Very easy walk (not a hike) and spectacular views with water passing at different points.

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Kyle Mullane
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Hiking
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Magana Ventures
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Mountain bikingGreat!

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

Stephanie Dafnides
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HikingGreat!

We took some bikes on this trail. It was a nice connecting trail to the Narrows so we didn’t have to ride on the shoulder of the street and yield to all the busses and shuttles that drove past us.

Vani Aulicino
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Hiking

Quick and easy 3.5 mile total hike on paved concrete. No shortage of great views as you would come to expect in Zion. Highly recommend the Canyon Overlook Trail. It is a quick 5 minute drive from the South entrance.

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Nicholas Michael
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Hiking

Cool for a bike trail. It connects to the scenic drive and you can bike up if you’re looking for a workout. E-bike all the way if you don’t have a shuttle possibly, instead of a private shuttle. That would be much more fun in my opinion. Paved, some shade stops. River access. Still Cyanobacteria in virgin river. I saw some people playing with their kids in the water and somebody letting their dog jump around. Personally, I would not let a child or dog in the river. Please warm others when you see them- people may ignore the signs

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Alicia Gavrilis
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HikingNo shade

Super easy trail that gives great views of the main area of the park. The path is paved and even so it is easy enough for everyone. There is no shade so I’d recommend doing this trail in the morning. It was also pretty busy when I went.

Andrew H
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HikingNo shade

was a nice walk, great views of the nearby peaks. Good smells. not bad if you only have an hour and a half.

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Matthew Priest
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great hike had areas to go down to the water but couldn't due to a bacteria in the water. my German shepherd loved the walk

Christina Harris
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HikingNo shade

I hesitate to call this a hike. It’s a walk on a paved trail. It’s gorgeous and I would say don’t miss it.

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Mike Willard
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Hiking

A great trail for cyclists but dull for hiking.

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S. Skuro
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Hiking

This is a very nice and easy hike/walk for any age. Very hot in the afternoon. The park rangers say the Cyanobacteria was extremely high in the Virgin River and the bacteria can seep though the skin and can get into open wounds. They told us they do not recommend touching the water so it doesn’t get into the eyes mouth or nose! They were posting new signs upgrading the severity from a “warning” to “danger”. They said some people have been getting sick. We cancelled our plan of hiking the narrows tomorrow and will do ATV riding instead. So I would recommend you research the status before going into the water as things may change in the coming days/weeks. They say a monsoon could help wash it out.

Juliana P.
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Hiking

Nice trail following river. I recommend you start the trail from the Visitor Center because there ir no parking in the road.

Ben Ponder
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WalkingNo shade
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AllTrails User
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HikingNo shade
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Keesha Renna
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Hiking

Not really a hike, more like a leisurely stroll on a paved path. Plenty of opportunities to escape the heat with a quick dip in various watering holes. You have the option to hike along the River in the beginning, where some trees provide shade. The surrounding view was gorgeous. It was hot as hell around 10am in early July.

Gabi Brittsan
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Hiking

We biked this trail three times while in Zion. The first was in the morning about 7am and it was cool and mostly shaded. The views are phenomenal at sunrise! The second was about 3pm coming down from the Scenic Drive and it was brutal. It was hot and there is almost no shade. The third was in the evening about 8pm and although it was warm it was mostly shaded as the sun was setting. The River Access points were nice and it was fun to park the bikes and go walk the river for a bit. In the evening the park was almost empty and there were lots of deer and bats. It was a very memorable experience for our family. This trail is beautiful and well paved and wide enough for walkers and bikers to share. Go early or after sunset!

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Gabi Brittsan
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Hiking

A great paved trail, that is fully shaded before 10am. We biked in about 830 and it was well shaded and cool. Be mindful of other bicyclists and hikers. Lots of places to get down the river.

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Alejandro Guerra
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HikingNo shade
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Sonia Luciano
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HikingNo shade

Kid friendly! The scenery is amazing! Great for bike riding.

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Meagan Kelly
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Mountain biking

Paved trail that is slightly up hill towards Zion, then easy downhill ride back. We did this on our bikes and towing our 2 year old.

Randy Bergfield
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Hiking

Flat walk on paved sidewalks. Lots of people, bikes, dogs, baby strollers. Extremely hot due to pavement. Better trails are out there.

Mike Steinkraus
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Hiking

Great for a walk or bike ride. River access points along path. 6 July 2020 - apparently there is some bacterial investigation occurring related to the river water. Swimming in the river was not recommended.

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Taro Koseki
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Hiking

No matter how hot, you can jump off at any point on the trail to cool off in the Virgin River.

Nicole Vittori
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HikingNo shade
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Rebecca Arnell
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Road biking

A flat, paved trail for walking and biking. If you're biking into Zion, this is the route that rangers will request you take to get to the scenic drive. If you go early or late, it will be pretty empty and biking is easy. During the day, this trail is very busy. Ride slowly and indicate your presence since many are not paying attention. (There are a lot of great views from the trail.)

Sezen Sanli
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HikingGreat!

Lovely trail with lots of places to access the virgin river. Incredible views!

Ashley Young
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Walking

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

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