Biking and Walking Zion's Pa'rus Trail - Easy, Paved, and Dog-Friendly

Pa'rus Trail is one of the favorite places for bikes as well as strollers and wheelchairs. And it's dog-friendly which is rare in national parks.
Zion's Pa'rus Trail

Pa'rus Trail in Zion National Park

This easy trail follows the Virgin River from the South Campground to Canyon Junction. The trail is 1.7 miles one way and is open year-round. About mid-point on the trail, you can take a dirt side trail to the Zion Human History Museum. A couple times along the way, the trail has bridges that cut across the river.

A special treat is walking the trail at sunset as the sun illuminates the west-facing wall of the Watchman.

The Zion Canyon Shuttle makes three stops along the trail: at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, the Zion Human History Museum, and at Canyon Junction. This makes it easy to walk or ride the trail one-way and ride the shuttle back.

Pa'rus Trail is a paved trail shared with pedestrians and leashed pets. It is the only trail inside the park that allows pets and has newly installed pet waste stations. It is also the only trail inside Zion National Park that allows bicycles.

Pa'rus means bubbling, tumbling water, and the trail crosses two tributaries to the Virgin River.

Ranger Rosie the Golden Retriever loves utilizing the new pet waste stations on the Pa'rus Trail, ensuring she limits her impact by leaving only paw prints in her national park! The Pa'rus Trail is the only pet accessible trail in Zion. NPS Photo/Jonathan Fortner

Ranger Rosie the Golden Retriever loves utilizing the new pet waste stations on the Pa'rus Trail, ensuring she limits her impact by leaving only paw prints in her national park! NPS Photo/Jonathan Fortner



Horseback Riding in Zion

In-park trail rides follow the course of the Virgin River or expand out into Sand Beach Trail.


Biking Inside and Nearby Zion Nationl Park

Choose the family- and pet-friendly Pa'rus Trail inside Zion, the challenging Gooseberry Mesa Trail for experienced mountain bikers, or the cool Navajo Lake.

The Virgin River canyon called The Narrows in Zion National Park

Some Canyoneering Favorites in Zion National Park

Try the sport that includes hiking and technical rock climbing inside Zion National Park including the Narrows, the Subway, and North Creek.

Dog drinking water out of a water bottle

Can I Bring My Pet to Zion National Park?

Leashed dogs are not allowed on any trails or wilderness areas, except the Pa’rus Trail. Access the trail from Canyon Junction or the visitors center.


Fishing in Zion National Park and Southern Utah

Fishing is allowed in Zion, but is not as common as other pastimes. However, the areas north of Zion are premier fly fishing destinations.


Zion, the Birthplace of Canyoneering

Zion and the nearby area offer a wealth of climbing opportunities, both guided and unguided. The Narrows may be the birthplace of canyoneering.

The Upper Emerald Pools Trail in Zion National Park

The Emerald Pools of Zion National Park

Right across the road from Zion Lodge are the Emerald Pools, a mix of trails and pools that provide easy to moderate hiking opportunities between each oasis.

Winter snow dusting the Court of the Patriarchs along the Virgin River in Zion National Park

Winter Recreation in Zion National Park

Zion's snowcapped mountains are spectacular in the winter. The canyon is not normally subject to heavy snow, so hiking and biking are still popular.

Solo hiker in the Zion Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah

Hiking the Virgin River through Zion Narrows

This slot canyon in Zion National Park, is the premier and most accessible slot canyon in the Southwest. Hikers can take the easy, moderate or challenging route.