Shuttle Stop 1, [Zion Canyon Visitor Center]
Estimated Roundtrip Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers
Elevation Change: 50 feet/15 meters
Description: Included Wheelchairs-accessible, Mountain biking and pets.Paved trail follows the virgin River from the south campground to Canyon junction. Wheelchairs may need assistance.
One of the newer trails at Zion National Park, Pa’Rus Trail is named after the Paiute word for “bubbling water.” It’s also one of the handful of wheelchair-accessible trails at Zion. Additionally, this is the only trail that currently allows pets and bicycles. So, if you have a furry friend or mountain bike you want to trek the trail with, Pa’Rus Trail is the best pick for you.
This wide trail begins at the South Campground north of the Visitor Center. It circles the Virgin River near the more open, bottom area of Zion Canyon, ending at the Canyon Junction. Around a mile into the trail, a dirt trail will lead you to the Zion Human History Museum. (This trail is not wheelchair accessible.) But if you continue your trek north, the scenery is significantly better thanks to the winding river around you.
With a length of just 1.7 miles one-way, leisurely strolls are pleasant on this trail. Most visitors spend 1 to 2 hours hiking this trail, gazing at the wildflowers, river, and red rock around them. If you’re interested in taking the shuttle back to the Visitor Center before sunset, try getting off at the Canyon Junction and taking this trail back instead. You’ll have a much better view taking this route!