Parunuweap Pass

Zion Book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National ParkThis route is now closed because it's passes through an area the park has set aside for study. Please see our guide for many other similar hikes that are open.


Parunuweap Hike to the Powell Plaque

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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
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Zion National Park Map Zion National Park Map Coral Pink Sand Dunes Map Zion National Park Lodging Cedar Breaks and Dixie National Forest Map Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon Map Grand Staircase-Escalante Map For more hiking see the following:

Zion National Park hiking
Zion's Peak Bagging
Zion Canyoneering
Kolob Hiking
Winter Hiking
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.

Directions to Zion National Park

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. See restrictions for RV's.

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Parunuweap Pass

Sections of the route are off limits in the park, so please respect this and avoid this route.


Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.


please link to meBeta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and author Tanya Milligan.

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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.


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