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!
Attend a Ranger-led Youth Program
South Campground Amphitheater Junior Ranger Programs
Daily at 9:00 am
Explore a new topic, such as wildfires, animal adaptations, or observing nature with all your senses in these highly interactive youth programs.
The South Campground Amphitheater is located next to the South Campground off of the Pa’rus Trail. The shuttle does not stop at the here, but the amphitheater can be accessed from the Pa’rus Trail. Limited parking is available.
Evening Storytellers Program
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 pm starting on May 22nd
Park Rangers are available for 1.5 hours from the start of the program. Stop by anytime and stay for a minute or stay for an hour.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 am
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.
Free Access for 5th Graders
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!
Please visit https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm to learn more and download your voucher!
Last updated: June 22, 2021