Things to Do
There are several short trails in the Fruita area that are great for children. Kids enjoy exploring the side canyons and solution cavities in Cohab Canyon and climbing into the larger solution cavities and wondering at the depth of Grand Wash. The Petroglyph Panel is always a hit, as is the 133 foot length of Hickman Bridge.
Ripple Rock Nature Center
Located on the Scenic Drive, just south of the visitor center. Typically open late May through mid-August, with free activities for kids of all ages. Check at the visitor center or the calendar for schedules.
At the Nature Center, kids can:
Junior Ranger Program
Open to visitors ages 3 and up. Free Junior Ranger booklets are available at the visitor center and Ripple Rock Nature Center, or you can download one from the link below. Complete required activities to receive a signed certificate and a free badge.
Junior Ranger Booklet
The Junior Ranger Booklet is also available in thirteen additional languages. Please ask at the visitor center or email the park for one of the following translations:
Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
Junior Geologist Program
This free program is offered at the Ripple Rock Nature Center during the summer. Check at the visitor center or the calendar for schedules. Discover geology, the formation of the Waterpocket Fold, colorful rock layers, and the effects of erosion. Complete the activities to earn a certificate and patch.
Last updated: November 28, 2018