Pa’rus Trail

Springdale, Utah 84767

Pa’rus Trail

Pa’rus Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Pa’rus Trail is a popular multiuse trail that winds alongside and crosses the Virgin River between the visitor center and Canyon Junction at the mouth of Zion Canyon.

The name Pa’rus comes from a Paiute word meaning “bubbling, tumbling water,” and the relaxing gurgle of the river is nearby throughout this hike. In addition to the river, you’ll find good bird-watching in the dense riverbank vegetation, as well as numerous opportunities to access the river."

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"The Pa’rus Trail is an easy wheelchair-accessible hike along the Virgin River in Zion National Park. The only dog-friendly trail within the park offers spectacular views of the towering red and white walls of Zion Canyon. The busy hike also serves as a popular bicycle route. If you need to explore the park without your dog, consider leaving him at the Doggy Dude Ranch ([435] 772-3105) or one of the pet-friendly hotels just outside the park in Rockville. Never leave your dog alone in the car—the heat can reach more than 120 degrees in the shade."

"Pa’rus Trail is probably the single best all-round birding destination in the Virgin River Canyon. The trail is an easy walk and although it passes primarily through riparian vegetation, its proximity to other habitats creates greater diversity. The Virgin River is also a migration corridor, which acts to increase diversity and your chances of seeing something interesting. Early mornings are probably best, if for no other reason than you’ll encounter fewer people. Birding by ear is difficult because the river is a constant and noisy companion, so keep a sharp eye out for movement. This can also be a good area for an evening owl walk. Follow the path listening for calls; if you bring a strong flashlight you may find their source.

The nearby Emerald Pools Trail leads to a series of natural ponds along a shallow stream descending into Zion Canyon. The trail is paved to the first pool, and above this point it turns to dirt and gravel. The distance to the uppermost pool is not great, about 3 miles round-trip, and the climb is moderate."

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If you're looking for something that is extremely easy on the stroller (and the person pushing the stroller) try the Riverside Walk. Emerald Pools can be done with a stroller, but not as easily. Perfect for kids 3+ and you're rewarded with a nice hike in the shade with plenty of smaller wildlife along the way. High recommended.

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Nov 2018