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On our last day in Zion, we spent the morning hiking the strenuous trail to Angel’s Landing (you can see my post about that hike here and here.) We were exhausted from that hike, but still wanted to see more of this beautiful park. After lunch, we rode the shuttle to the Visitor Center and spoke to a ranger about our options.
He suggested the easy and level Pa’Rus trail. It is 1.8 miles from the Visitor Center and is mostly paved or hard-pack. It was designed to ease congestion during the busy months…it provides a way for hikers and bicyclists to get from the Visitor Center to the car-free section of the park road.
It winds through campgrounds at first and then by the Virgin River. There are several river access points along the way if you want to get right down by the river.
Pa’Rus is a Paiute word that means tumbling water. The water was really high and fast during our visit, so high the National Park Service had to shut down The Narrows, a hike further upstream. Part of that hike must be hiked in the river.
The trail crosses back and forth across the river as you travel north via rustic bridges.
As you near the end of this trail, you must look downstream for the iconic view of the Watchman towering over the river. The trail ends close to another shuttle stop, which we hopped on back to the lodge.
For being an easy trail, I was surprised by how peaceful it was. We only encountered a few cyclists and pedestrians along the way.
Location: Hurricane, UT 84737
Designation: National Park
Date designated/established: 11/19/1919
Date of my visit: April 2017