Kids in Zion National Park
There are many opportunities for children exploring Zion National Park. During the summer, free ranger programs for youth are offered throughout the park, and children ages four and up can complete an activity booklet to become a Zion Junior Ranger. Easy family-friendly trails such as the Riverside Walk, the Pa'rus Trail, and Emerald Pools offer hiking opportunities, while the Zion Nature Center has fun activities and exhibits for kids to explore.
Zion Nature Center
The Zion Nature Center, located north of South Campground, has a variety of exhibits, activities, books, and games for children and families to explore. The Nature Center is open from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday-Friday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Satudays during the summer. It has its own parking area and can also be accessed from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center or Human History Museum via the Pa'rus Trail.
Junior Ranger Program
Zion offers a guided and self-guided Junior Ranger experience. Self-guided activity booklets are free at park visitor centers, the Zion Human History Museum, and the Nature Center. While the booklet needs to be completed and reivewed in-park to receive a badge, you can download the booklet online prior to your trip here.
Children aged four and older can complete pages in the booklet to earn their Junior Ranger badge for Zion National Park. Becoming a Zion Junior Ranger is a fun way to explore and enjoy Zion National Park and the natural world. Please allow for several hours to complete this booklet as activities include traveling throughout Zion Canyon in search of cool things to discover.
The Zion National Park Forever Project provides additional funding for this program.
More information can be found at Junior Ranger Programs
Now you can be a Junior Ranger even if you are not able to visit Zion. Become a member of a growing number of young people who are interested in the world around them and involved with their nation's heritage.