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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.

Shuttles – During much of the year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is only accessible by shuttle bus. Eating is not permitted on the buses, but drinking water is allowed. Please remember to stay hydrated on your visit to the park. The buses are able to carry up to three bicycles as well as strollers. Large strollers may need to be folded and placed on the front bike rack. While in Zion Canyon you may get on and off the shuttle as often as you like.

Food and Picnic Areas – Food is available for purchase in the park at Zion Lodge. The town of Springdale offers many opportunities for the purchase of food at restaurants or grocery stores. While in the park picnic areas with tables, benches, or lawns are available at the Nature Center, Zion Lodge and the Grotto. Please dispose of your recycling or trash properly and remember to never feed wildlife.

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!

Unable to visit the park? Visit our Virtual Ranger page to complete activities and print off your own Junior Ranger certificate and badge.

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Attend a Ranger-led Youth Program

Evening Storytellers Program

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. This program will end for the season after Labor Day weekend.

Join a ranger to hear the stories and songs of Zion Canyon. Topics include nocturnal animals, night skies, and human history. Programs are designed for families with youth of all ages.

The South Campground Amphitheater is located next to the South Campground off of the Pa’rus Trail.

Drop-in Programs

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.

Emerald Explorers
Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Zion Lodge Lawn
Discover Zion’s amazing animals and explore the secrets of the Emerald Pools.

Riverside Rangers

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Riverside Walk

Learn about the wild ways that water affects animals and shapes Zion Canyon, and how you can help protect this canyon.

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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.

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NPS/Danette Perez

Coloring Pages

Print your own original Zion Coloring Pages! Follow this link to color in the cliffs, animals, landscape and rangers of Zion National Park.

Last updated: August 27, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767


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