In the afternoon we explored Zion Canyon with two relatively flat hikes - the Pa'rus and the Riverside Walk.
The paved Pa'rus Trail starts at the park's visitor center and heads north into the park through a desert landscape surrounded by Zion's imposing mountains in all directions. The trail has little shade although it does have a few covered rest areas. We went a little over two miles before hopping on the park's shuttle.
After a brief stop to explore the Zion Lodge area, we took the shuttle to the Riverside Walk at the northernmost point on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The Riverside Walk is a flat easy paved trail that also serves as the starting point for The Narrows hike, but it is a pleasant walk on its own (due to the popularity of The Narrows, it is also a crowded walk). Along the way we stopped and watched a herd of mule deer grazing across the river.
We arrived back at the visitor center via the shuttle as the sun was starting to set.