Best Zion Hikes For Families

One of the most popular National Parks in the US is definitely Zion National Park.Located in Southern Utah, and thanks to its beautiful landscapes, scenic drives, numerous slot canyons, amazing waterfalls, and obviously all the hiking trails, this National Park becomes a must-visit destination for families who come to visit the area.

If you are looking for some extra information about the best Zion hikes for families, we have this new blog that will help you pick the best family hikes in Utah for your next trip!

Zion National Park Family Hikes

Get ready to learn about the best Zion hikes for families!

1.Pa’rus Trail

Let’s start this list with one of our favorite hiking trails in Zion National Park, Pa’rus Trail, a hiking trail with one of the best views here. It has a paved trail so it is ideal for younger kids;  it starts at the Watchman Campground , and then follows the Virgin River for just under 2 miles.

The Pa’rus Trail has a great location for watching the sunset, so you might want to do it in the afternoon so you won’t miss this beautiful sight. Dogs and bikers are also allowed on this trail. People have named this trail one of the best hikes in Zion for families

  • Hike Length
  • Average Time: Between 1 & 2 Hours
  • Distance From St George: 1 Hour & 10 minutes
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2.Weeping Rock Trail

If you’re looking for a short trail in Zion, this is the one: Riverside Walk! It’s a 2 mile paved trail along the river. You will start your adventure at the Temple of Sinawava. This is one of the stops on the Zion shuttle system, so this is a great way to help you get to the Temple. This trail is out and back, so when you reach the narrow part of the canyon, it is time to turn around.

If you want to see more of the wildlife of the park, this trail is perfect! Along your walk you might find mule deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, and blue herons, kids will love it! Some people know this trail as Gateway to the Narrows, so don’t be confused if you hear that along the path.

  • Hike Length: 2 miles
  • Average Time: Between 1 & 2 Hours
  • Distance From St George: 1 Hour & 20 minutes
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3.Canyon Overlook Trail

This is not just all photographer’s favorite hike in Zion, it should be everyone’s! As one of the easiest hikes with almost no elevation, it is perfect if you and your kids don’t want to spend too much energy and want to enjoy the Zion experience. This is a family-friendly hike in Zion National Park but try to be careful because there are some steep cliffs along the side. 

While doing this hike, you can also ascend to the East Temple Saddle, and explore the upper end of Pine Creek. To reach the entrance of this hike you must do it with your vehicle because the Zion shuttle doesn’t go that far.

  • Hike Length: 1 mile
  • Average Time: 1 Hour
  • Distance From St George: 1 Hour & 12 minutes
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4.Lower Emerald Pools

Known as an oasis in the middle desert, the Emerald Pools are a great option if you don’t have much time and want to try a nice hike. Located across from the Zion Lodge, it is really easy to find. The Emerald Pools are divided into three sections: lower, middle, and upper. We recommend, if you are with kids or elders, to only do the lower part because it is less than a mile and you will still be able to see two waterfalls along the way.

The hike leads to a couple of pools, but don’t get too excited because they are not open to swimming; however, they are really nice to see and take some pictures. Summer is the
busiest season, so you should go early to enjoy the hike without worrying about the crowds.

  • Hike Length: 1.2 mile
  • Average Time: 1 Hour
  • Distance From St George: 1 Hour & 10 minutes.
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5.Archeology Trail

Our last but not least fun family hike is the Archeology Trial, a very short trail that leads to an ancestral Puebloan ruin, this makes this trail really unique! Although the path is sandy and narrow, you will definitely enjoy it. It’s very easy to access because it is close to the main entrance of  Zion National Park . To be more precise, it’s right behind the Visitor Center across the entrance road to the Watchman Campground.

Even though it’s extremely short, dogs and bikers are not permitted on this trail. That makes it safer and easier for younger children and older individuals to enjoy the beauty it provides.

  • Hike Length>: 0.4 mile
  • Average Time: 1 Hour
  • Distance From St George: 1 Hour & 10 minutes
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All of these Zion hikes for families have been tested numerous times by our guests over the last couple of years, so don’t worry, you are ready to have an incredible family adventure! Learn more about the fun activities you can do at Zion.

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