Spend a day in Zion National Park with kids
The siren song of Zion National Park has been calling nature lovers for generations. Hikers flock here year after year to climb sandstone peaks and splash through the Virgin River to enter The Narrows. A trip to Zion is the highlight of many family’s summer vacations, even when temperatures in this desert region reach scorching heights. Is it worth it? Why yes it is.
Zion National Park was one of the many parks we squeezed into our cross-country road trip as we moved from Seattle to Maryland in October 2014. A simple trip to see the Redwoods and Yosemite quickly turned into a trip to see as many national parks in the west as possible, even though we could only spend about a day in each. We would go on to see Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon after Zion before we booked it to the east coast.
Our boys, who were ages 2 and 5 at the time, were seeing parts of their country that they never knew existed. My husband and I were excited to explore as much as possible, and our boys were more than up for the adventure. In fact, my oldest pushed us more in Zion than any of the other parks by insisting we complete the Emerald Pools hike (see below) before we left the park for the night. We only had one day to explore and he didn’t want to miss a thing.
Organizing any kind of family trip can be stressful, and Zion National Park is no different. There are a few things to know before you head out to the park and hit the trails. If you are short on time, this is the perfect guide for you, but if you are planning to stay more than a day, you’ll still enjoy this easy guide to exploring the park with kids.