10 Things to Do with Kids in Arches and Canyonlands

10 Things to Do with Kids in Arches and Canyonlands
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks have a variety of kid-friendly activities. Your kids will see some of the most amazing natural rock formations in the world and learn about Utah's unique past. There are plenty of beautiful views and hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy.

Arches National Park Balanced Rock Loop Hike

This easy, short hike will take you around the base of the balancing rock. It's only .3 miles long and easy terrain so everyone can enjoy the trip.

Arches National Park Delicate Arch Viewpoints

The lower Delicate Arch viewpoint is only 100 yards from the road. From the lower viewpoint you can hike roughly half a mile up hill to the upper viewpoint.

Canyonlands National Park Junior Ranger Program

This program has activities designed for children ages five and up. Your family can pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet at the Canyonlands visitor center and sign up for organized activities.

Island in the Sky Hike at Canyonlands National Park

Get up close to several rock formations, including Mesa Arch, by following a short, easy path.

Arches National Park Sand Dune Arch

The path to the San Dune Arch is less than half a mile and an easy walk for young children.

Canyonlands National Park Cave Spring Trail

Mix it up with something a little more personable. Cave Spring Trail features an old cowboy camp and prehistoric pictographs.

Arches National Park Landscape Arch Hike

This hike is a bit longer than most kid-friendly hikes at 1.6 miles, but it's a gravel surface and only has mild elevation gains. It also has trips to Tunnel and Pine Tree arches.

Arches National Park Visitors Center

The visitor center at Arches National Park has a variety of educational and hands-on exhibits that will keep the youngsters busy. And you can search for the perfect souvenir at its gift shop.

Canyonlands National Park Potholes

The potholes collect water and sprout their own little ecosystems that kids will have a great time exploring. They occur throughout the park and include creatures like tadpole shrimp.

Arches National Park Wolfe Ranch

Wolfe Ranch features the remains of the cattle ranch that was run by John Wesley Wolfe and his son Fred in the late 1800s. The cabin and corral are all that is left of one of the earliest settlements in the area.

Article Written By Mati Bishop

Mati Bishop has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has been published in "Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine," the "Hawaii Wellness Directory," "Kailua-Kaneohe Sunpress" and a collection of Web sites. Bishop studied journalism at Windward Community College on Oahu, Hawaii.

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