Zion Three Patriarchs || Dirt In My Shoes

5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Zion

Zion Three Patriarchs || Dirt In My Shoes

Nothing can prepare you for the grandeur of the red rock mountains that will surround you in Zion National Park.  It is absolutely breathtaking!  This past trip that we took was the first time hiking Zion with a baby in tow, so now I can confidently say that I have a great list of family friendly things to do in this park.

1.  Secret Hike to Pine Creek Waterfall

Secret Hike in Zion National Park

This hike will not be in any of the literature that the park rangers give to you when you enter Zion, but I really believe it is a must-see attraction!  I’ve written an entire post on the charms of this little trail and you can read more about it here.

2.  Emerald Pools Trail

The Emerald Pools are a great hike for anyone with any skill level.  We hiked to all three pools and loved it.

What You Need To Know

This trail is extremely popular and well-traveled but I still think it is beautiful and worth your time.  The trail is comprised of two parts, the Lower Pool and the Upper Pool Trail, but there are actually three pools.

The combination of the Lower and Upper Pools Trails is 2.2 miles round trip.

Getting Here

The trailhead is located along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, directly across the street from the Zion Lodge.

3.  Riverside Walk

Zion National Park Riverside Walk

Experience gorgeous views of Zion Canyon with the river running through it! The Riverside Walk is a great introduction to the stunning features of Zion.

What You Need To Know

This trail is completely paved the whole way and you could take a stroller or wheelchair on it (if you’re okay with a few small elevation changes).  Throughout the walk there are many side trails you can take to get closer to the water.  This area would be an ideal place to bring a picnic and spend an afternoon in the water on a hot summer day.

The Riverside Walk is 2.2 miles round trip.

Getting Here

The Riverside Walk begins at the end of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

4.  Zion – Mt. Carmel Highway Tunnel

Zion Tunnel

The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed in 1930 and at the time was the longest tunnel of its type.  Today this tunnel is one of the busiest places in the park.  It is so much fun to drive through!

What You Need To Know

Because this tunnel is so busy, I would recommend driving through it early in the morning before things get really crowded.

Getting Here

If you are entering the Park from Springdale, drive 1.4 miles to the Canyon Junction.  Take a right and follow the switchbacks up the mountain to reach the tunnel.

5.  Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion Canyon Overlook

I love hiking to the top of mountains and looking down below!  The awesome thing about the Canyon Overlook Trail is that it is not very challenging but it offers stunning views.

What You Need To Know

This trail is short and suitable for kids as long as you are keeping a close eye on them.  You will encounter several drop-offs along the trail, though most of them are fenced or have railings.

The parking area for the Canyon Overlook Trail is very small, so I definitely suggest getting to the trailhead early in the morning to get a parking spot.

The Canyon Overlook Trail is 1 mile round trip.

Getting Here

If you are coming in from Springdale, follow the road for 1.4 miles to the Canyon Junction.  Take a right toward the Zion – Mt. Carmel Tunnel and follow the road for 3.6 miles until you reach the tunnel entrance.  Go 1.1 miles through the tunnel.  As you exit the tunnel, you will see a small parking area on the right.  If you park here, you will need to cross the street to get to the trailhead.  Another parking area is just ahead on the left.  If you park here you will need to walk down toward the tunnel to get to the start of the trail.


What are you looking forward to on your trip to Zion?

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