The Devil’s Garden Loop Trail in Arches National Park has some of the park’s most outstanding scenery. Unfortunately for families with smaller kids, it is also one of the most difficult hikes within the park. This doesn’t mean that you need to stay away though; you can easily do a lot of this trail and enjoy some epic scenery along the way.
We spent 5 days in Zion National Park in mid-April with our two kids (who were 3 & 5 years old at the time). We love to go on family hikes to enjoy the beauty of nature, so Zion Canyon was ideal for us. A lot of people visit for just one day, but Zion is one of the best national parks in the USA, so if you are able, stay longer and enjoy the many great things to do in Zion NP.
The Lower Emerald Pool is an easy hike along a paved walking trail to an emerald pool of water being fed by a waterfall. After crossing the Virgin River on a fun half-moon bridge, the trail begins to climb slowly up the side of the mountain through a well-treed patch of forest.
If you are looking for an easy hike which has tons of epic scenery with very little effort required, try the Riverside Walk. Zion National Park is really showing off in this part of the national park.
The Weeping Rock Trail is a fun and easy Zion National Park hike. With a chance to get wet and also see beautiful wildflowers in one of Zion’s hanging gardens, this trail offers something for everyone in the family.
The Grotto Trail is a super-short, flat and easy hike in Zion Canyon National Park. This scenic walk follows along the base of a canyon wall between shuttle stop 6 (The Grotto) to shuttle stop 5 (The Zion Lodge). The Grotto Trail is also one of the best places in Zion Canyon to see wildlife, due to the flat, open, riverside forest opposite the canyon wall.
Those looking for easy Zion Canyon National Park hikes should look no further than the Pa’rus Trail. This flat, paved path begins at the Zion National Park Visitor Center and ends at Canyon Junction (shuttle stop #3).
The Northgate Peaks Trail is a perfect choice to escape the crowds and the hot Zion Canyon National Park weather. Located northwest of the main Zion park area, this easy hike is a pleasant stroll through a mature Ponderosa Pine forest, paying off with great views of the Northgate Peaks and the Zion Canyon in the distance.
The Watchman Trail is one of those great family-friendly Zion National Park hikes providing some amazing views of Zion Canyon without a tremendous amount of work. The trail follows along the side of a small canyon on the east side of the park. The trail is mostly in the open which results in increasingly impressive views the higher you get.
We visited Capitol Reef National Park with kids in early-May (our two kids were 5 & 3 years old at the time). We must admit that prior to deciding to go on a family road trip to Utah, we had never heard of Capitol Reef NP. We were well aware of Utah’s other four super-star national parks, so we were intrigued to find out they had a fifth.