Visiting Zion with Kids
A trip to Zion 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 – Several of the trails in Zion Canyon are rated as Easy and a good fit for families. The Pa’rus Trail, Lower Emerald Pools Trail, and Riverside Walk Trail provide short hikes along a paved surface that will give hikers a good overview of the canyon. Some of these trail have minor drop-offs and may have steep sections.
More information to plan your visit is available in the Map & Guide. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.
Become a Junior Ranger
Zion offers a self-guided Junior Ranger experience for families visiting the park! Children aged four and older can complete pages in the booklet and attend a ranger-led program to earn their Junior Ranger badge for Zion National Park. Please visit our Junior Ranger page to learn more!
Visit the Zion Nature Center
The Nature Center is open seasonally usually from late-May until early-September. Learn more about hours for this and all Zion facilities online.
Attend a Ranger-led Youth Program
Youth programs are designed specifically for families and children. Youth must be accompanied by an adult while attending all programs. These programs happen at the Nature Center. You can read a full ranger program schedule below.
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.
Coloring PagesPrint your own original Zion Coloring Pages! Follow this link to color in the cliffs, animals, landscape and rangers of Zion National Park.
Last updated: June 6, 2023