Zion National Park’s Pa’Rus Trail

My lunchtime view - close to the Visitor Center at Zion. I *think* that rock formation is called The Watchman because it overlooks the Watchman Campground.

My lunchtime view – close to the Visitor Center at Zion. I *think* that rock formation is called The Watchman because it overlooks the Watchman Campground.

I asked my friend Dan the other night, “does it make me pathetic that I go to Zion almost every week these days?” And he said “no!” I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t feel comfortable sitting at home on my days off. Maybe because I know that during the week, there pretty much is no other option after work, since it gets dark at 5:30ish.  Living in a small town is one thing in the summertime when the sun only sets around 9 p.m. (we’re so far west in the mountain time zone, that’s why) and you can go hiking after work. But now, it gets very cold here after the sun sets. The difference in temps between daytime and nighttime can be about 30 degrees. I’m sure those ranges will get even larger as we get more into winter. And no, I’m not looking forward to it, not one bit. I think the only thing that will save me this winter from sinking into an abyss (yes, I’m being a bit dramatic) is the fact that we get more sun here than we did back east. I remember sitting and looking out the small window of my office last January. The sky always seemed to be a foreboding gray and on a really gloomy day it could be almost dark by 3:30 p.m.

I decided to take a moment to pause and breathe, and read a bit, near the Virgin River. I loved listening to the sound of the water. It calms me.

I decided to take a moment to pause and breathe, and read a bit, near the Virgin River. I loved listening to the sound of the water. It calms me.

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve taken to using the heck out of my annual National Parks Pass. For $80, I get unlimited access to the system of national parks and monuments in one year. That’s an amazing deal considering that entrance to one park alone usually ranges from $25-30 per visit. I know that eventually some of my friends plan on visiting so I’ve taken to doing many of the various trails at Zion, scoping them out, so to speak. This weekend, I decided to do the Pa’Rus Trail, which has its trailhead very close to the Visitor Center, and ends near the Canyon Junction stop on the shuttle bus’ route. It’s very flat and paved most of the way –very easy to ride bikes on, or take a baby stroller. It also closely follows the Virgin River as it winds through the park.  Another reason I chose it is because I knew I would be in sun for most of the walk. Daytime temps around here are now in the 50s, and if there’s not much of a breeze, it’s very comfortable. I just really need to feel the sun on my face these days.

I love taking a walk through Zion and seeing these types of rock formations everywhere. Sometimes, if you look close enough, you can see rock climbers scaling their walls. (I didn't see any on this one, however.)

I love taking a walk through Zion and seeing these types of rock formations everywhere. Sometimes, if you look close enough, you can see rock climbers scaling their walls. (I didn’t see any on this one, however.)

 

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This view is to your right if you’re on the trail, heading toward Canyon Junction from the visitor center. The leaves on many of the trees have now turned a golden yellow as you can see on the bottom right hand side of this photo.

 

The moon has been exceptionally large the last few days. My phone's camera really doesn't do the view justice. This was taken in Zion where the switchback are, somewhat near the tunnel. Below the moon is the area you get to at the end of Canyon Overlook, where I went once at sunrise. Definitely worth dealing with the cold and darkness that morning.

The moon has been exceptionally large the last few days. My phone’s camera really doesn’t do the view justice. This was taken in Zion where the switchback are, somewhat near the tunnel. Below the moon is the area you get to at the end of Canyon Overlook, where I went once at sunrise. Definitely worth dealing with the cold and darkness that morning.

Along my walk, I ran into two ladies walking a very cute doggie, so of course I started up a conversation. They were from Flagstaff, so we talked about life in the west compared to back east. Funny, but they considered Flagstaff to be a small town. We laughed because it’s all relative, I guess. Compared to Boston back east, it might be, but to me in Kanab, it’s a huge metropolis!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics. Please note that I’ve created a new category of posts called Hikes and National Parks. The good news is that after the end of November, you won’t have to take the shuttle bus to go along the scenic drive in the park. However, I’m not sure if the scenic drive part will be shut off when the parking capacity has been met – they did that a few weeks ago, so the shuttle bus was returned to service on weekends only during November.

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3 thoughts on “Zion National Park’s Pa’Rus Trail

  1. Terri,

    You’ve really been a prolific writer lately. I like seeing all of your new articles. Keep up the good (and hard) work.

    • Thank you!! I still need to write the review on your book – I haven’t forgotten! I’ve been inspired to write a lot more lately – I think it’s that writing some really opens up the creativity part of the brain, you know?

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

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