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, Weeping Rock 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 Center
Closed for the season. The Nature Center may re-open Summer 2020.
Attend a Ranger-led Youth Program
Every Kid Outdoors
The Every Kid Outdoors initiative is aimed at providing an opportunity for each fourth grade student across the country to experience federal lands and water in person. Students logon onto the Every Kid Outdoors website to complete an on-line activity and earn a voucher that can be exchanged for a plastic pass at park entrance stations. The Every Kid Outdoors Pass gives students free access to public lands during their fourth-grade school year and up through August 31.
Curriculum based education programs are offered throughout the school year and on request when staffing allows.
Summer Distance Learning Programs
Unable to attend a ranger-led program? Join us for our Distance Learning Jr. Ranger programs on Sundays and Wednesdays at 1:00pm MT and 2:00pm MT to learn all about the canyon, wildlife – and more! Junior Rangers ages pre-K and up are invited to interact with a ranger in real time through video programs to learn more about the park. More information about these free programs can be found on our Distance Learning page.
Programs are appropriate for Junior Rangers of all ages. We can’t wait to meet you soon!
Last updated: July 9, 2020