Pa 'Rus Trail, Zion National Park
When to Go
- This is the easiest trail in the Park, and the only one which allows leashed dogs and/or bikes. The Pa’ Rus meanders north from South Campground, following the Virgin River up the wide valley of southern Zion Canyon. This is a perfect trail for after-dinner strolls, surrounding you with grand towers cast in brilliant oranges, browns, and reds by the evening alpenglow. Wildlife is also common along this trail, as deer, coyotes, foxes, and even mountain lions visit the river for water early and late in the day.
- Trailhead: No shuttle necessary. Park just before the south Entrance Station OR at the Visitor’s Center and walk to the South Campground, where the trail begins.
Mileage: 3.5 miles (5.6 km), round-trip, out-and-back
Elevation Gain: Very little change
Approximate Hike Time: 1. 5 hours, round-trip
Difficulty: Very easy
Crowds: Minimal. Beware of speeding bicyclists!
- Best Times of Day:
• Fall through spring, anytime is a good one for this trail.
• In the summer, hike the Pa’ Rus in the early morning or early evening.
• Once the campground lights have dimmed, walk along the Pa’ Rus for a starry hike before bed.
Best Times of Year:
• Spring brings untold blossoms to the Pa’ Rus trail, as well as the re-emergence of a wide variety of valley wildlife.
• The Pa' Rus is particulary beautiful in early November, when the cottonwoods lining the river turn golden.
- • Up-close views of the Virgin River, including some sweet swimming holes. If the weather is fine, bring your bathing suit along!
• Humbling perspectives on The Watchman, Bridge Mountain, The Sentinel, and the East Temple. A few extra-sharp eyes can make out Bridge Mountain Arch, a remarkably long, thin sandstone arch visable on the lower left flanks of Bridge Mountain.
• Some of the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in the Park. Hikers see jack rabbits, mule deer, wild turkeys, and the occasional fox along this path.