Located in Southern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is a fantastic place to take children on vacation, no matter their age. Younger children will love exploring with mom and dad, while older children and teenagers who are active will surely love to venture out on some of the hiking trails with you. The park itself has an almost ethereal beauty about it, with tall, thin rock spires rising from the ground and encompassing you in an almost Star Wars like experience. If you are planning a trip here with your kids, keep reading for some tips and advice that will help make the vacation a success.
When to Visit: Bryce Canyon National Park is open all year round, although the most popular time for families to visit is during the summer months. From June through to September is when you will find most trails open, and you’ll also find the temperature the most comfortable to hike in. If you do decide to travel during the summer, make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and drinks for your little ones.
If your family loves the snow, though, a winter visit could be just as exciting. The bright orange sandstones that the park is so famous for are capped with snow making for absolutely beautiful festivals. The park is also home to a Winter Festival, which is usually held in February. Walking around the park can be difficult during the snow season, though, and snowshoes are recommended.
The Best Trails: The trails you choose to hike will be determined by the age of your children and their athletic ability. Some of the ones we recommend are:
The Najavo Loop: This trail is only 1.3 miles long, but don’t let that fool you. There’s a lot of scenery to be explored. It starts and ends at Sunset Point, and is considered to be a moderate trail.
The Rim Trail: This trail is one of the most suitable for families. It starts at Fairyland and runs around the rim to Bryce Point. You’ll get to see the canyon from a lot of different vantage points, even though the trail is mostly flat and easy to walk.
Queen’s Garden Trail: This trail was actually named after Queen Victoria, and was so named because somebody believed it reminded them of the Queen looking over her garden. Those choosing to hike this trail will descend 320 meters into the canyon and return the same way. The starting point is at Sunset Point.
Food and Drink: After a long day in the park, it’s likely that you’ll all be wanting a good meal before you settle down for the night. The city of Bryce has you covered. You’ll find everything from pizzerias to hearty homemade meals on offer. One of the best and highest rated is the Bryce Canyon restaurant. Serving everything from steak and mashed potatoes to soups and pies, you’ll find plenty of options that will make the whole family happy.
Whether you live in Utah or are visiting Bryce Canyon from out of state, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience for you and your children!