The Pa’rus Trail – Zion National Park, UT

Biking Zion National Park
The Pa’rus Trail is ideal for those who want to bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair. One of the many Zion Canyon Shuttle pick-ups is at Canyon Junction but there is a limited amount of parking on both sides of the road. This is not an ideal place to unload bikes, but the parking area just outside the South Campground has a large parking area that could be used for that purpose. Turn off the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway to the South Campground, but continue straight to the parking area instead of entering the camping area.  From the parking area locate the sidewalk and walk past the amphitheater, taking the path to the left. The Pa’rus Trail is behind this path, toward the river.
Pa’rus Trail at a Glance
Photo Album: Pa’rus Trail pictures
Trail Map: Pa’rus Trail Map
Day Hike: Yes
Trail Distance: 3.4 miles round trip. 1.7 miles one-way from the Watchman Campground to Canyon Junction where you can catch a shuttle ride.
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours round trip.
Accessible Trail: Yes, this is a great trail for wheelchairs and strollers.
Bike Trail: Yes. This trail is a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists. Zion National Park is among the most bike-friendly national parks in the USA.
Pets: Unlike most areas in Zion, pets are allowed on this trail, but only if they are on a leash.
Difficulty: Easy and you can get off the trail at different spots to make it a shorter hike if desired.
Sun Exposure: The low elevation (4000′) and full sun hitting the trail makes this a hot path to take on the mid-days of summer, but the trail is suitable for summer biking. Hikers can go down into the river to cool off.
Permits: Not needed
Trail Conditions: This is a well maintained, wide sidewalk. There are several bridges along the path with old planks. If you are underneath the bridge, at the river, and bikes pass over the top, be aware there will be a lot of noise.
Trailhead: Canyon Junction – The spur where the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and the Zion Canyon Road intersect.
Trailend: This trail can end at the South Campground, the Watchman Campground or even the Zion Human History Museum.
Trail Access: From late March to November, park at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center and ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle. The Pa’rus Trail is the first trail stop after the museum. This is a nice trail for parents to walk while kids are in the Junior Ranger Explorer program.
Best Season: Year-round as long as the trail is free from snow and ice.
Elevation Gain: 50′
Restrooms: Handicap accessible restrooms are at the Zion Human History Museum, but the narrow dirt path (off the main trail) over to the museum is not wide enough for a wheelchair.
Water availability: You can fill up water bottles at the Zion Human History Museum, South Campground or Watchman Campground. This hike is in full sun, do not go without plenty of water.
See our vacation planning section for classic Zion National Park trails or glance at our favorite Zion National Park trails list or choose from a complete Zion National Park hiking guide.
Pa’rus Trail
This is a very easy paved trail, that begins at Canyon Junction and travels past the Zion Human History Museum. (There is a narrow dirt path that spurs off the main trail heading to the museum.) The trail continues behind the South Campground where the Zion Nature Center and Junior Ranger Explorer Program is located and then heads to the Watchman Campground. The trail name, Pa’rus is from a Paiute word meaning “bubbling, tumbling water.” Both Oak Creek and Pine Creek cross this relaxing hike that follows the Virgin River.
The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

The Pa’rus Trail is ideal for those who want to bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair.
One of the many Zion Canyon Shuttle pick-ups is at Canyon Junction but there is a limited amount of parking on both sides of the road. This is not an ideal place to unload bikes, but the parking area just outside the South Campground has a large parking area that could be used for that purpose. Turn off the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway to the South Campground, but continue straight to the parking area instead of entering the camping area.  From the parking area locate the sidewalk and walk past the amphitheater, taking the path to the left. The Pa’rus Trail is behind this path, toward the river.
Pa’rus Trail at a Glance
Trail Distance: 3.4 miles round trip. 1.7 miles one-way from the Watchman Campground to Canyon Junction where you can catch a shuttle ride.
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours round trip.
Accessible Trail: Yes, this is a great trail for wheelchairs and strollers.
Bike Trail: Yes. This trail is a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists. Zion National Park is among the most bike-friendly national parks in the USA.
Pets: Unlike most areas in Zion, pets are allowed on this trail, but only if they are on a leash.
Difficulty: Easy and you can get off the trail at different spots to make it a shorter hike if desired.
Sun Exposure: The low elevation (4000′) and full sun hitting the trail makes this a hot path to take on the mid-days of summer, but the trail is suitable for summer biking. Hikers can go down into the river to cool off.
The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

Permits: Not needed
Trail Conditions: This is a well maintained, wide sidewalk. There are several bridges along the path with old planks. If you are underneath the bridge, at the river, and bikes pass over the top, be aware there will be a lot of noise.
Trailhead: Canyon Junction – The spur where the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and the Zion Canyon Road intersect.
Trailend: This trail can end at the South Campground, the Watchman Campground or even the Zion Human History Museum.
Trail Access: From late March to November, park at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center and ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle. The Pa’rus Trail is the first trail stop after the museum. This is a nice trail for parents to walk while kids are in the Junior Ranger Explorer program.
Best Season: Year-round as long as the trail is free from snow and ice.
Elevation Gain: 50′
Restrooms: Handicap accessible restrooms are at the Zion Human History Museum, but the narrow dirt path (off the main trail) over to the museum is not wide enough for a wheelchair.
Water availability: You can fill up water bottles at the Zion Human History Museum, South Campground or Watchman Campground. This hike is in full sun, do not go without plenty of water.
The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

The Pa'rus Trail - Zion National Park, UT

Pa’rus Trail
This is a very easy paved trail, that begins at Canyon Junction and travels past the Zion Human History Museum. (There is a narrow dirt path that spurs off the main trail heading to the museum.) The trail continues behind the South Campground where the Zion Nature Center and Junior Ranger Explorer Program is located and then heads to the Watchman Campground. The trail name, Pa’rus is from a Paiute word meaning “bubbling, tumbling water.” Both Oak Creek and Pine Creek cross this relaxing hike that follows the Virgin River.
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