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of sign - Zion National park visitor center
taken- July 2008
Pa'rus Trail closely follows the Virgin River for 1.8 miles between
the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Canyon Junction. This
was developed as part of the plan to reduce congestion within Zion
Canyon. During peak visitor season, hikers and bicyclists
continue along the the road from Canyon Junction to the Temple of
Sinawava and encounter only the occasional shuttle bus.
from noise and heavy traffic, Pa'rus Trail users can experience the
canyon at the pace of Zion's earlier visitors - the Paiutes
Pa'rus (pah-roos) is a Paiute word loosely translated as
"bubbling, turbulent stream." With year round water
in a desert climate, the
corridor acts as a oasis, a likely place to discover signs of
The Pa'rus Trail is relatively level and fully accessible. The wide,
paved trail is shared by pedestrians and bicyclists. Please
Bicyclists should ride with care - pedestrians have
right-of-way. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Distance (round trip) 3.5 miles/1.5 hours
of Difficulty Easy
The river banks are easily eroded. To help preserve the river
habitat, please stay on the trail and approach the river only
designated access points.
Graphics on the Sign:
addition to the text there is a large photo of the river, a photo of
a deer and a map of the trail.
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