Visiting Zion with Kids
A trip to Zion offers many opportunities for families to explore, learn, and connect with the park. Whether hiking on a trail, having a picnic, or attending a ranger-led program you will find something that is great for your family. To help in your trip planning here are a few things to keep in mind:
Trails – Several of the trails in Zion Canyon are rated as Easy and a good fit for families. The Pa’rus Trail, Lower Emerald Pools Trail, and Riverside Walk Trail provide short hikes along a paved surface that will give hikers a good overview of the canyon. Some of these trail have minor drop-offs and may have steep sections.
More information to plan your visit is available in the Map & Guide. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.
Become a Junior Ranger
Zion offers a self-guided Junior Ranger experience for families visiting the park! Children aged four and older can complete pages in the booklet and attend a ranger-led program to earn their Junior Ranger badge for Zion National Park. Please visit our Junior Ranger page to learn more!
Visit the Zion Nature CenterThe Zion Nature Center is CLOSED for the season. The Nature Center will open again in May, 2023. Hours and programs below are subject to change.
The Zion Nature Center is open daily from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Attend a Ranger-led Youth Program
Youth programs are designed specifically for families and children. Youth must be accompanied by an adult while attending all programs.
Ranger-led youth programs have ended for the season. Programs will resume in spring, 2023. The programs offered below and program times are subject to change.
Nature Center Programs
Daily at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, in the Zion Nature Center
Last updated: October 12, 2022