The Pa’rus Trail is a paved trail in Zion National Park running between the Visitor Center and the Canyon Junction. It is a pleasant walk along the Virgin River.
During tourist season when the shuttles are running you can walk this trail to the Canyon Junction Shuttle stop and catch the shuttle either further along the canyon or return to the Visitor Center.
Overall rating = easy
Distance: 1.9 miles from Visitor Center to Canyon Junction – easy
Elevation gain: 100 feet – easy
Terrain: paved – easy
Exposure: None – easy
To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System
If coming from the west take SR9 through Springdale, Utah, into Zion National Park. Turn right into the Visitor Center just after the entrance booth.
If coming from the east turn onto SR9 at the Mount Carmel Junction and drive into Zion National Park. Drive through the main Zion tunnel and take the switchbacks down the mountain to the Visitor Center just before the main entrance booth.
From the Visitor Center walk past the Shuttle stop following the Pa’rus signs. The trail crosses the Virgin River on the main entrance road and turns right on the north side of the river. It passes the Watchman Campground on your left.
There are several access points down to the River. There are five bridge crossings on the trail. The first is over a small stream, Oak Creek, flowing from the north into the Virgin. The next three are crossings of the Virgin River as the trail crosses back and forth over the river. The fifth bridge crosses Pine Creek coming from the east side of Zion.