- Visitor Centers are the best place to find out what’s happening for families in each city
- Bryce Canyon National Park offers ranger-led Just for Kids programs in the summer for children aged 5
- In Zion National Park families can go mountain biking, canyoneering, hiking and rock climbing in the Zion Narrows with an Adventure Tour Company
Generally if children are happily occupied then the parents are happy too. There is no shortage of things to do with kids around Bryce Canyon. Each city has its own attractions and features and the local Visitor Centers are the best place to find out what’s happening for families in the area. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Enjoy the Shakespeare Festival events
- See fossils and wildlife exhibits at the Southern Utah University Museum of Natural History
- Visit the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum to see life in early pioneering days
- Go swimming and sliding at the town’s Aquatic Center
- Enjoy picnicking, fishing and boating on the lake
Bryce National Park
- Horseback riding is an exciting trip for all the family in the Bryce Canyon area from Sunset Point or Ruby’s Inn
- Take the easy 1 mile hike to Mossy Cave to see a small waterfall and mossy grotto
- Just for Kids programs are available daily in the summer for children aged 5 . Places must be prebooked at the Visitor Center. Kids complete a range of activities with the ranger to receive a Junior Ranger badge, patch and certificate.
Zion National Park
- Family hikes can include the 0.5 mile hike to Weeping Rock, the 2 mile riverside walk (suitable for strollers) or cycle along the 3.5 mile Pa’rus Trail beside the Virgin River
- Go fishing or swimming with supervision in the Virgin River
- Book a half or full day trip with an Adventure Company and go mountain biking, canyoneering, hiking and rock climbing in the Zion Narrows.
- Junior Ranger programs for children aged 6-12 are held in classrooms from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Rangers teach children about the history and formation of Zion, petroglyphs and how plants and animals survive.
- In winter, Brian Head Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and winter sports. The Winter Sports School offers coaching and lessons for children. over the age of 3.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has miles of trails for jeeps, ATVs and 4x4 vehicles. Bring your own or rent from a local tour company.
Arches National Park
- Families with some experience can go rock climbing and canyoneering in Arches.
- Some companies in the area offer Desert Highlights tours for children aged 6 to experience climbing, swimming and rapelling.
- The Canyon Country Complex (Triple C) hosts rodeos, concerts and family events providing plenty of fun for kids
- Visit Mammoth Springs close to Panguitch Lake and go hiking, camping and fishing with kids in the area
- Join in the Cowboys Ain’t Dead Festival in May or the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally in late June
- Go swimming at the Community Pool in Panguitch