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Zion National Park Family Guide

Top Five Can’t-Miss Family Day Hikes in Zion National Park

It’s almost as if Zion National Park’s landscape was created with hikers in mind. While Zion National Park offers many long, challenging hikes for experts, there are also a wide variety of easy hiking adventures perfect for families—even those with small children. Hiking in Zion National Park will take you and your family to beautiful vistas, lush hanging gardens, “weeping” walls, and towering sandstone cliffs that you will never forget.

But with all the choices, where do you start when choosing a hike? To help you, we’ve compiled what we think are the Top Five Can’t-Miss Family Day Hikes in Zion National Park. So pack some extra water and snacks and get ready to hit the trails!

1. Pa'rus Trail: 3.5 miles. This easy out-and-back is not only one of the park's most pleasant strolls, the paved trail is open to dogs on-leash, cyclists, and is wheelchair accessible.

2. Weeping Rock Trail: 0.4 mile. A popular, paved trail to one of the most famous landmarks in Zion National Park.

3. Canyon Overlook Trail: 1 mile. A short out-and-back day hike to an inspiring overlook of lower Zion Canyon. Accessed near the east entrance to the Mt. Carmel Tunnel

4. Emerald Pools Trail: 1.2 to 2.5 miles. A network of trails to the lush and picturesque Lower, Middle, and/or Upper Emerald Pools.

5. The Watchman: 2.7 miles. An out-and-back hike that passes overhanging cliffs and stratified rock layers as it leads into the foothills below The Watchman and Bridge Mountain.

6. Taylor Creek Trail: 5 miles. (Kolob Canyon) A trail along the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek that passes two historic homesteads and ends at Double Arch Alcove.

7. Riverside Walk/Gateway to The Narrows: 2.2 miles. A short, paved stroll along the Virgin River to the stunning mouth of Zion's iconic slot canyon.