By the River. In Paiute, Pa' rus means "by the river." This single word aptly describes this trail, which follows the Virgin River with a wide, well-paved path, accentuated by some very attractive bridges that take you back and forth across the river. The Pa'rus is the easiest stroll in the Park, and the only trail that allows dogs (on a leash) and bicycles. It connects the Visitor Center with South Campground and Canyon Junction, providing easy access to a morning or evening stroll from either campground.
The Pa' Rus offers exquisite views of lower Zion Canyon, and its expansive tree-dotted pastures offer fantastic foreground for photographers capturing the grand peaks along either side of the canyon. Early risers can earn fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities along the Pa' Rus, as the river corridor is a highway for traveling mule deer, coyote, fox, ringtail cat. Even mountain lions are occasionally spotted from the Pa' Rus. Those seeking swimming holes may find fine ones along the Pa' Rus trail... ask a ranger or a local Springdalean for a point in the right direction.