Spend a day in Zion National Park with kids
You cannot actually drive into Zion Canyon. You have to take one of the many shuttles that run a loop throughout the park, walk or ride your bike. This has helped alleviate congestion and also make the canyon one of the more peaceful national parks in America, or at least I think so. The shuttle is free and makes it very easy to see multiple spots in the park in just one day.
Zion-Mount Carmel Highway: There is one drive you can do that takes you east out of the park if you drive far enough—the Zion- Mount Carmel Highway (Rt. 9). This drive is definitely worth it, as you will drive through rock arches, a very impressive tunnel that was dug out by hand, and pass stunning multicolored sandstone that was around well before man probably.
One-Day in Zion National Park with kids itinerary
- Enter the park as soon as it opens (8a.m.)
- Talk to the park rangers about hiking conditions
- Take the shuttle to the end of the line
- Walk along the Riverside Walk (about 2 hours)
- Take the shuttle to Weeping Rock trail
- Hike Weeping Rock trail (about 30 minutes)
- Take the shuttle to Zion Lodge
- Cross the street and climb the Emerald Pools Trail
- Lunch at Zion Lodge
- Take the shuttle to Zion Human History Museum
- Explore the museum before hiking the Pa’rus Trail
- Take the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center, buy a few trinkets
- Hop in the car and drive the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway
NOTE: if you are heading to Bryce National Park the next day skip the Zion-Mount Carmel drive. You can do that on the way.