Did you know that Zion National Park is the 3rd most visited park in the United States? There are many reasons why this park is a great option for a family adventure. If you are planning a visit with your family, you have a lot to look forward to: the incredibly colorful landscape, the scenic drives and many kid friendly activities.
At Zion National Park you’ll find many trails to hike, outdoor activities, restaurants, and shops! Here’s a list of the top 5 family friendly activities in this beautiful park.
Top 5 Kid Friendly Activities in Zion National Park
1. Play in the River
One of the activities that kids enjoy the most is playing in the river, there are so many access points to the Virgin River that you could explore until you find your favorite one. Also, you can try the Riverside Walk with your kids, it is an easy stroll through a narrow canyon, 1 mile (one way), you can stop off at several points to jump into the river to cool down and have fun.
2. Choose a Family friendly hike
Zion National Park is well known for its variety of hiking trails, and there are some great kid friendly hikes. Here you can take a look at the best tips for hikes in St. George.
– Pa’rus trail
You can start with the Pa’rus trail, this is an easy paved trail that departs from the Zion National Park Visitor Center. This trail runs north/south along the center of the canyon floor, you’ll find some of the best views of the amazing Zion Canyon. Pa’rus is a multi-use trail, which means bikes and dogs are allowed too!
– Emerald Pools Trail
This is one of the most popular family friendly trails at Zion National Park. You’ll find 3 different pool levels, the first part of the trail to the lower pools are fully paved. The middle pool takes you off the paved path onto a path with rocks. At this point, you can choose between turning back or you can hike the additional 5 miles to end at the upper pool.
3. Visit Zion Nature Center
This is a great place to learn about Zion National Park’s wildlife. You’ll find many activities such as a coloring station, reading tent, park ranger dress up station and lots of exhibits about the wildlife.
4. Become a Junior Ranger
Becoming a junior ranger is one of the coolest activities for kids at Zion National Park. You can pick up this free junior ranger booklet at the Visitor Center or Zion Nature Center and start the adventure with your kids. To get a badge you must complete activities such as attending a ranger talk or hiking a certain trail.
5. Plan a Picnic with your Kids
After a long walk, playing in the river, or picking up rocks you can plan a picnic to have quality time with your family. At Zion National Park you’ll find picnic areas with tables, benches, or lawns are available at the Nature Center, Zion Lodge and the Grotto.
If you are ready for taking this adventure at Zion National Park with your family but you don’t know where to stay yet, at Coral Springs Resort you’ll find the best accommodations, with all the safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We are ready to host you and can also help you plan other kid friendly activities in St. George to make sure you enjoy your visit to the fullest.