Spend a day in Zion National Park with kids

 In USA

Where to stay

The drive into Springdale, UT towards Zion National Park is overflowing with lodging options that will be happy to have you and your children stay. We loved the Cliffrose Lodge and Garden. It was an easy five-minute walk into the park, located along the Virgin River and a short distance from restaurants in town. The rooms were spacious and comfy and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay effortless and enjoyable. The included breakfast didn’t hurt either.

What to pack

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots or good walking shoes
  • Snacks for your hikes
  • Picnic lunch (unless you eat in the park at the lodge)
  • Kid carrier (strollers will work on very few trails)

Zion-National-ParkKnow before you go

  • Park entrance fee $25 per vehicle/ $12 per pedestrian
  • Cell phones do not work in the park. Stick to the trails.
  • Check the weather before you start a hike. Distant storms can cause flash floods. Ask park rangers at the visitor’s center if you aren’t sure about weather or trail conditions.
  • You will need more water than you think. It is the desert and you will dehydrate more quickly while hiking around the park, especially if you are carrying a kid on your back.

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  • Terra Trekkers
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    We went to Zion/Bryce/Grand Canyon in October ’14 too! What an amazing place. I thought late Fall was a good time to go: nice weather and fewer people. We were lucky and had two days at zion: The Emerald Pools and the Riverside walk were lovely. One the second day we went the adventurous route and hiked the Narrows. It was definitely a highlight for us. Our kids are a bit younger (1 and 4) than yours though so we were able to put them in packs and hike through the gorge. The water level was pretty low for us and we saw a few kids in the 7/8/9-year-old range. We rented booties/socks/sticks and bundled the kids up in layers. It was epic. Perhaps in a few years when the children are a bit older?

    Willis Slot Canyon outside of Bryce would be my pick for a family that isn’t quite ready for the river but still wants to do a slot canyon. We also did Antelope Canyon (Page, AZ) but my son found both the canyon and the guided tour to be a bit confining. Adults will love it, though. (Provided its not flash flood season….!)

    -Sonja

  • Janet
    Reply

    Really useful post, thanks!

  • michael
    Reply

    Thank you so much for all that information , i don’t know where start but now i have and idea. I have 2 kid one is 7 and the another is 2 . Thank you.

    • Keryn Means
      Reply

      I’m so glad you found the information helpful Michael. You will have an amazing trip!

  • Sarah
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    This is a great, comprehensive guide! We took our then 3 month old to Zion last spring and I had such a tough time finding info on bringing kids (and babies!) to Zion. We especially struggled with the parking situation and didn’t realize until too late that parking in the park is extremely limited! Once that was resolved, we had a great time and our son loved looking around at everything from inside his carrier. I can’t wait to take him back when he’s older like your kiddos!

  • Sarah
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    This is a great, comprehensive guide! We took our then 3 month old to Zion last spring and I had such a tough time finding info on bringing kids (and babies!) to Zion. One article even suggested hiking Angel’s Landing! We especially struggled with the parking situation and didn’t realize until too late that parking in the park is extremely limited! Once that was resolved, we had a great time and our son loved looking around at everything from inside his carrier. I can’t wait to take him back when he’s older like your kiddos!

  • Tiffany
    Reply

    Thanks so much for this guide. I totally used it this week with our family.

    • Keryn Means
      Reply

      I’m so glad it was helpful Tiffany! We can’t wait to go back and explore more. Did you have a favorite hike?

  • Allison
    Reply

    Great overview of Zion National Park! I’ve visited this park many times and you’ve covered Zion Canyon well. There are other sections of Zion National Park, but Zion Canyon is the most visited. I just checked the entrance fee this week, and it has gone up to $30.

  • Craig
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    Followed in your footsteps today , itinerary perfect , 3 kids 6,9,11 all made it through , even added the upper pools . Thanks

    • Keryn Means
      Reply

      Ah! I’m so excited for you! I bet the pools were magical and a lot more full than when we saw them during the dry season. Glad you had fun!

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