Zion Canyon and Pa'rus Trail
Sometimes, a biker has to take a break from kickin' rock and spend a little time with the family. Well, here's an awesome day for you: Bike up Zion Canyon with the kids.
Going up the canyon to the end of the road (Temple of Sinewava), you'll spend 2 miles on the paved Pa'rus Trail, then 6 miles on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive road. You'll gain 450 feet of elevation. It's not a difficult ride, but it will take a while, so the kids will appreciate a few breaks from pedaling. Stop and take a couple of short hikes along the way. (Our map -- see below -- shows some good spots for a pedaling break.)
The trip up Zion Canyon starts at the parking lot on the right side of the road, just before the toll both for Zion National Park. (Yep, that's right, you can duck the entrance fee, although we suggest you pay your fair share.) You can get to the Pa'rus trail by taking the dirt singletrack that leaves the north end of the parking lot. Ride this trail into the South Campground (about 1/4 mile), then find the Virgin River on the main campground road. The paved Pa'rus Trail starts right alongside the river.
The Pa'rus Trail is paved. It's wide and flat enough that towing a bike trailer full of toddlers is NO problem. You'll go through the two Zion campgrounds and cross the Virgin River, Oak Creek, and Pine Creek.
Pa'rus Trail, Utah 84737