USA Pa’Rus Trail
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The paved Pa’Rus Trail in Zion National Park is the only trail in the park where bicycles are permitted. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Despite it’s close proximity to the visitor center, it gets surprisingly little bike or foot traffic for such an enjoyable and scenic stroll. The trail crosses the clear water of the Virgin River via 5 or 6 sturdy foot bridges and has numerous river access points designated by signage. The park is serious about not forging your own path so DONT DO IT! The park recently posted signs at the road bridge at “Canyon Junction” warning that stopping, standing, or walking on the bridge is now illegal. This bridge is where tens of thousands of visitors have congregated at sunset over the years to snap the iconic photo of the Virgin River with the majestic “Watchman” mountain in the distance. This prohibition became necessary due to clueless tourists parking on the road near the bridge and/or standing in the middle of the bridge seemingly oblivious to vehicles they were blocking. Fortunately, there are many spots along the 1.7 miles of the Pa’Rus that affords excellent similar compositions.
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From the Zion National Park Visitor Center, walk north and cross the bridge across the Virgin River, then cross the road to the South Campground. When the park shuttle isn’t operating during a month or so in the winter, you can drive your vehicle down the scenic drive north of Canyon Junction and park at the shuttle stop or at one of the pullouts along the road. Alternatively, there is limited parking on the right side of the road about 50 yards past the bridge.