PA’RUS TRAIL – ZION NATIONAL PARK
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip
The Pa’rus Trail is one of the best, and often overlooked hiking trails in Zion National Park. This is a paved trail that begins next to the Watchman Campground and follows the river for just under 2 miles and ends at the Canyon Junction tram stop. This is a great trail to beat the crowds at the tram terminal! The views along this pathway are incredible, and for those looking for great photo ops, there are many along this route. The trail crosses the river several times and meanders through the incredible landscape of Zion Canyon.
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
AVERAGE HIKE TIME
Zion National Park
DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE
50 Miles (1 hour 10 minutes driving)
Flushing Toilets at Ranger Station/Lodge
Out & Back, Shuttle
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE
Spring, Summer, Fall
BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE
No Permit Required
WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE
No Water Sources Available, Water Available at Ranger Station/Lodge
No Camping Available on Trail, Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area
Partial Sun Exposure
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on I-15 for about 18 miles and take exit 27 to Toquerville. Turn right on UT-17 and follow it for 6 miles. Turn left onto UT-9 and follow it for approximately 20 miles until you come to the park entrance. If parking is full inside the park, you can park in the town of Springdale and ride the shuttle up to the park. Once you pass through the pay booth, take an immediate right and follow the signs for general parking around the Visitor’s Center. Walk past the tram lines and up toward the campground. There will be signs pointing you to the trail head.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HikeStGeorge is a project that began as a seedling for Tim LeBaron in the early part of 2008, but really didn’t begin to blossom until the latter part of 2011. The original idea behind the site was to bring to light all of the harder to find, or “less known” hidden gems of the area. It was more of a pet project than anything. As excitement about the site began to spread, there was more of a push to develop information about all hikes in the Southern Utah Region.