• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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Just For Kids

photo: An amateur photographer taking pictures at one of the Island in the Sky's many overlooks
An amateur photographer taking pictures at one of the Island in the Sky's many overlooks
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Things to Do

Both the Island in the Sky and the Needles districts 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.

Discovery Packs / Explorer Packs

Both the Island in the Sky and Needles districts offer an engaging toolkit for kids eager to explore and learn about the area. These backpacks contain many useful items, including binoculars, a hand lens, a naturalist guide and a notebook. Before you set out for the day, stop by the visitor center and check one out (deposit required).

Junior Ranger Program

Free Junior Ranger booklets are available at park visitor centers. Filled with fun activities, these books reveal the wonders of Canyonlands to kids and parents alike. By completing certain exercises, participants earn a Junior Ranger badge and signed certificate. Activities are designed for ages 6 to 12.

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...