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“Nice, Easy Hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pa'rus Trail

Pa'rus Trail
, Zion National Park, UT
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Kanab, Utah
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“Nice, Easy Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is perhaps the easiest of all the hikes in Zion - bikes and dogs are allowed. Please note that technically, this is the only trail in Zion that allows dogs! It's a very easy path from the Visitor's Center to the confluence of roads at the mouth of Zion Canyon, and there is a shuttle stop at the end, so no worries. There is also a spur trail if you want to go to the museum while walking this trail.

If you've got a party member with mobility issues, there should be no problem with taking them on this trail - it is paved.

Visited October 2013
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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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“Nice starter trail”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We drove out from Vegas and arrived to our hotel 5 min from Zion at 2:30. Headed over to Zion and took the shuttle to the trail start. It was a perfect introduction to the Park - all level, paved, beautiful views, saw a black & white king snake. It's a nice walk, not a "hike". Our 10 & 12 year old boys loved going into the water - there were HUGE boulders to play on. Could probably do in 1 hour but took us 2.

Visited May 2013
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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“Scenic and simple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Pa’rus is a great trail for a walk with the kids or leisurely stroll with the dog—it’s as easy as ambling through the neighborhood, only the brick houses of the suburbs don’t surround you, the giant towers of Zion do--unreal views in every direction.

But even if you’re a hardcore hiker, the Pa’rus can be a thrill. I certainly found it so. Perhaps this was because it was the first hike I took in Zion, as I got there late in the day and didn’t have much time to do anything else. However, turns out it’s just as great seeing Zion Canyon from the canyon floor as it is from the summits of the more popular trails. It’s a good introduction to the park. And you’ll have companions, too. Finches and a few woodpeckers hopped around the trees, and near a road crossing a mule deer buck appeared from behind the brush and stared me down.

There are better trails in Zion, sure, but not one step of the Pa’rus Trail is wasted time.

Visited November 2012
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Avon, Ohio
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“The Watchman at Sunset”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Pa’rus Trail is a paved trial about 1 ¾ mi (2.8 km) long, one-way, that follows the Virgin River from the South Campground to Canyon junction. Not only is this trial handicapped accessible, it is also the only trail in Zion that allows bikes and dogs. While this is not really our type of trail, it does offer wonderful views and photographic opportunities of the Watchman and the Virgin River at sunset from the Canyon Junction end of the trail. If you prefer the views and photography without hiking this busy, paved trail, Canyon Junction is accessible by car year-round; however, parking is very limited and I noticed tickets were being given to illegally parked cars so you may wish to take the shuttle which stops here as well. The best view and shooting location is from the edge of the vehicle bridge that crosses the Virgin River; be sure to look behind you in the other direction as a good view and shot of the sandstone walls lit with the warm colors of the setting sun often occurs as well. My high rating is due much more to this beautiful, iconic view of the Watchman from the end of the trail than the trail itself.

Visited April 2013
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“Best trail with a dog, but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We hiked this trail because we were taking a dog from the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on an outing and this is one of the few trails in the surrounding national parks that allows dogs.

The trail leaves from the Visitor Center which is one of the shuttle stops, but if you're coming to the park with a dog you can't use the shuttle. You have to park at the Visitor Center parking lot which is a challenge during summer afternoons. Cars were lined up in aisles waiting for spaces to open. We were very lucky because a space opened up near us after only about 5 minutes of waiting.

It is a heavily used paved trail that has both walkers and bikers so it is not a peaceful stroll in the woods, but if you're looking for a walk with a dog it is a decent choice (your only choice). There are many access points that let you go down to the Virgin River to enjoy the cool shade and sound of the river which was greatly appreciated on the hot afternoon we were hiking.

The views along the trail are of course quite striking with the tall cliffs and there are plenty of little critters to keep a dog interested in exploring, but it is a bit disappointing to be on such a busy trail.

Visited July 2013
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