The Pa'rus Trail is a beautiful 1.7 mile trail that follows the Virgin River beginning at the South Campground to Canyon Junction. There are portions of the trail that are paved and wheelchair accessible. This is the only trail in Zion that is open to pets and bicycles. This trail offers some of the best views of the Watchman and crosses over the Virgin River several times.
The flat paved Pa’rus Trail along the bank of the Virgin River and exits the campground boundary. This is where the trail highlights a more isolated area of the park. As you walk along the trail there are several points where you can venture down to the edge of the river. About a mile from the start of the trail the trail pavement ends and becomes a dirt trail with a little bit of elevation gain (not wheelchair accessible) to the Zion Human History Museum.
As you continue past the museum, the scenery experiences changes as trail zig-zags into the park and over the river several times. The path is loaded with interest, there is wildlife, wildflowers, the Virgin River, and a great variety of rock formations and plant life. One important landmark is the old diversion dam. As you approach the end of the trail, it goes under Highway 9 and ends at the Canyon Junction shuttle stop. This trail is offers great opportunity for leisurely strolls and taking in the wonderful Zion National Park surroundings from the bottom of the Main Canyon.
Getting to Pa'rus Trail
The Pa’rus Trail can be accessed from the visitor center, museum, or any of the first three shuttle stops.
This trail can get hot in the summer but is a great trail for all year long.
Junction Bridge is a photographers favorite location to enjoy the sunset.
It’s not uncommon to spot wildlife along the trail, as deer, coyotes and foxes visit the river for water.