For Kids

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A local school group visits Mesa Arch at the Island in the Sky

NPS/Neal Herbert


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

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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.

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Explorer Packs
Both Island in the Sky and The Needles 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.

Last updated: December 1, 2017

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