Arguably the most beloved gem of Utah, Zion National Park is one of those places you need to visit at least once in your lifetime. From easy family-friendly walks to strenuous all-day hikes that will leave you breathless, this park is full of memorable hikes with jaw dropping views. Here are 5 family hikes in Zion National Park you don’t want to miss next time you’re camping in southern Utah.
This flat paved trail is an excellent hike for families and people of all abilities. The Riverside Walk is 2.2-miles round trip and travels alongside the spectacular Virgin River. You can look forward to sheer cliffs, hanging gardens, weeping walls, and lush greenery. Plan on 1.5-2 hours for this hike, or take your time and really soak in the views. This trail ends at the beginning of the Narrows Hike.
One of Zion’s classic hikes, the Emerald Pools Trail is great for families. Made up of three different tiers – lower, middle, and upper – visitors can choose the length of their hike depending on their party and how much time they have. Families can easily walk the 1.2-mile round trip paved trail to the Lower Emerald Pools which starts at the Zion Lodge and ends at a beautiful pool and waterfall. Those with more time and who are up for more of a challenge can continue on to the Middle and Upper Emerald Pools which is 3-miles round trip.
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This quick hike is perfect for families and comes in at .5-miles round trip. The trail is paved but it does get somewhat steep towards the end. Weeping Rock is a large alcove that has been carved out by water. Dozens of small cascades make their way over the overhanging cliff and the verdant hanging gardens complete the picturesque scene. This location offers excellent views down canyon of the Great White Throne and Cable Mountain.
Canyon Overlook Trail
This 1-mile round trip hike leads to a beautiful overlook of Lower Zion Canyon. The trail begins with a climb up steps followed by a journey through Pine Creek slot canyon. At the top hikers are greeted by hoodoos before crossing the slickrock and taking in the awesome views from Canyon Overlook. From this vista you can see the Towers of the Virgin, Bridge Mountain, and the West Temple.
Taylor Creek Trail
Located in the Northwest section of the park, this trail is situated along the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek. This hike is a little longer at 5-miles round trip, but there is plenty to entertain the family along the way. Kids can explore two historic homesteads before the trail ends at Double Arch Alcove.The narrow creek bed means you will likely be doing multiple stream crossings so prepare to get wet!
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