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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Pa'rus Trail, with its wide paved path, is probably the easiest hike in Zion National Park. But it's also just a great way to reach various sites throughout the park, such as campgrounds and park offices, without having to rely on the shuttle, which can be quite crowded in the summertime. Plus, its pleasing views of the "bubbling, tumbling waters" of the Virgin River, for which it derives its Paiute name, are incredibly enjoyable, too.

Visitors say the paved Pa'rus Trail is ideal for strollers, bicycles or wheelchairs, while others add that it's one of the few places that leashed dogs are allowed. Recent travelers also say that "the beautiful bridges" that span the Virgin River are some of the trail's best attributes.

You can access the trailhead from the south end of the park, at the north side of the parking lot and near the park's tollbooth. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll to the intersection of Highway 9 and the Floor of the Valley Road from the trail. Additional information about Pa'rus Trail is available on Utah.com's website.

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The slimmest section of Zion Canyon is known as the Narrows, and it's one of the park's most popular hikes. To experience it, set out from the Temple of Sinawava along the Riverside Walk for a one-mile, wheelchair-accessible hike that offers a good view of the Narrows. But if you want to go any farther, you'll be wading or even swimming upstream since the footpath turns into the Virgin River. Along the way, you'll enjoy towering views of the striated, orange-red canyon.

Recent travelers recommend sealing any valuables in a waterproof bag, as the water can rise as high as your waist in some places. According to reviewers, you'll also need to rent or bring waterproof shoes as the rocky, slippery terrain cannot be traversed with bare feet. Hikers also suggest getting to the Narrows early to avoid the crowds.

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