Zion's backcountry is a eclectic display of fossilized dunes, dramatic stone pillars, buttes, crevices, slot canyons, valleys, rock rimmed pot holes, creeks as well as an occasional desert waterfall. It's a place where hikers can inhale amazingly clean air while exploring little known hidden day hikes and backpacks. The route we present today, Parunuweap Pass, begins by scrambling through a drainage on the east side of the park and then topping out on several slickrock vantage points that give way to impressive views in all directions.
See our vacation planning section for classic Zion National Park trails or glance at our favorite Zion National Park trails list or choose from a complete Zion National Park hiking guide. Do not get on the Zion Canyon Shuttle to hike the trail on this page.
Parunuweap Pass at a Glance
Zion National Park hiking
Zion's Peak Bagging
Hiking to Water
Backpacking in Zion
Greater Zion Area
For more hiking information - To ask questions of Bo Beck and Tanya Milligan, as well as other's like Tom Jones, Joe Braun and Ram, who have spent a great deal of time hiking, climbing and canyoneering in Zion, join either or both of the following online outdoor chat groups.
To post trip reports, offer corrections, updates, or for more information please visit the Zion National Park Forum
Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury.
Zion National Park, Utah
History of the Thunderbird
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This is my new favorite quote:
"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park