Visiting Bryce Canyon with Kids
A trip to Bryce Canyon 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 – Bryce Canyon has several trails rated at Easy that are great for families with young kids. The Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Point is half a mile in length, flat and paved. This trail is accessible for strollers and provides panoramic views of the main Bryce Amphitheater. Other Easy trails are the Queens Garden Trail, Mossy Cave Trail and Bristlecone Loop Trail.
Become a Junior Ranger
The Junior Ranger program is a fun way to learn about your park while earning your own souvenir junior ranger badge. The Junior Ranger activity book is available at the Visitor Center for free. When completed, the Junior Ranger activity book should be brought to the visitor center to have a ranger check over the book and to receive your badge.
Explore the Visitor Center
The park visitor center is a great stopping off point to starting your trip to Bryce Canyon. Explore the interactive exhibits to learn the areas people, geology, night sky, and plants and animals. While in the visitor center you can also watch the parks 22 minute park film, shown on the hour and on the half hour, look for a souvenir in the bookstore.
Attend a Ranger-led Program
Ranger-led programs are scheduled thorough the year and are a great way to learn about the park. Talks, walks, telescopes, and snowshoe hikes are just some of the programs offered at Bryce Canyon.
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.
Need help with a research paper about the features and history of Bryce Canyon? Read about the first inhabitants Bryce region and the frontier men and women that have settled the surrounding area.
Nature and Science
Visit Nature and Science: learn about the Utah prairie dog, the clever Clark's Nutcracker bird, and the Ponderosa forest; our night skies are the darkest around!
Bryce Canyon is really famous for its beautiful rock features; there's even a place called Fairyland Point! We have rock arches, fins, walls...and "hoodoos." Interested? Visit Bryce Canyon's Geologic Formations website.
Last updated: January 16, 2020