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For Kids

A local school group visits Mesa Arch at the Island in the Sky
A local school group visits Mesa Arch at the Island in the Sky
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert


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Coloring Pages
Choose one or all of the following images to color. Be creative!
Cowboy Camp
Park Ranger Patch
Desert Canyon Scene

Rock Slide Jumble [82k PDF file]
Try your hand at unscrambling these twelve common Canyonlands words.

Criss-Crossing Canyonlands [180k PDF file]
Test your knowledge of Canyonlands by figuring out this crossword puzzle.



Both Island in the Sky and the Needles have several short trails great for children. At the Island, kids enjoy peeking through Mesa Arch and climbing the back of the whale at Whale Rock. In the Needles, the Cave Spring Trail, featuring a cowboy camp and prehistoric pictographs, is always a hit. Pothole Point is another popular hike, especially if the potholes are full of water and the creatures that live in these small ecosystems. Be attentive when hiking with kids in Canyonlands as there are unfenced overlooks throughout the park.

"Thanks for all the resources! These activities are always more fun when they're NOT mom and dad's ideas."
The Thompson Family
Ages 4, 5, 8, 10, and 12

Junior Ranger Program
Join the ranks of Canyonlands Junior Rangers! Badges and certificates are awarded at all park visitor centers to children who complete the required activities and tasks. More...
The contents of an Explorer Pack
Explorer Packs
Both the Island in the Sky and Needles districts offer a unique tool for kids eager to explore and learn about the area: Explorer Packs. These packs contain binoculars, a hand lens, a naturalist guide, and more. Before you set out for the day, stop by the visitor center and check one out.

Did You Know?

Rapids in Cataract Canyon

The highest recently recorded flow in Cataract Canyon is 114,900 cfs in 1984. However, scientists dating driftwood piles estimate that in 1884, the river may have reached 225,000 cfs. More...