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Zion National Park Pa'rus Hike
By far, this is the easiest trail in Zion. It is wide-paved trail with only 50 feet of elevation. The trail goes through South Zion Canyon between 2,000-foot-high sandstone walls. The trailhead is across the street from the Visitor's Center going through South Campground and along the Virgin River to Canyon Junction which is where Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and Zion Canyon Road intersect. There is parking for cars at this junction. This is the only trail that allows bikes and animals on their leash.
This is the trail to be on if you have small children if they are in a stroller, walking or riding a bike. There is a narrow dirt path off of the Pa'rus Trail that goes to the Zion Human History Museum where there are restrooms.
It will take about an hour-and-a-half to walk the 3.5 mile round-trip trail. This trail is in full sun with very little shade along the way. There are about three bridges to cross that go over the river and one bridge where you go under the road which is near Canyon Junction.
Kelly's thoughts - I ran on this trail four times during our stay, so obviously I enjoyed it. The trail is 3.5 miles but I got in extra because I started from Watchman Campground which is a 1/2 mile from the trailhead. There were never many people on the trail in the evening, unfortunate for them. The quietness and crossing the bridges were my favorite part of this trail.