A Family Road Trip From Las Vegas to Zion National Park
Three days in the Wild West with your wild ones. Experience life on the frontier, canyon scrambles, dinosaur tracks and ghost towns.
A three-day weekend is a perfect start in exploring the Wild West of Zion National Park and Southern Utah. This family-friendly road trip pairs a big helping of adventure with new discoveries in Southern Utah’s frontier for a weekend you and the kids won’t soon forget. (Read: Why Your Kids Need a Utah Trip)
Las Vegas to The Zion Region
Kick your road trip off with a day in the St. George area. Get on the water — or the beach — at Sand Hollow State Park and explore the stunning Snow Canyon. In the evening, enjoy playing in St. George.
St. George to Zion National Park
Spend the day cooling off in Zion National Park. On your way a few extra stops give the family a chance to chase the ghosts of dinosaurs and cowboys. In the park, you’ll do some family-friendly hiking on the Emerald Pools and Riverside Walk hiking trails.
Zion to Cedar City
The last day is all about experiencing equal parts history and exploration in the Wild West first hand. You’ll see horse-drawn wagons, pioneer cabins and even cannons. In addition, see some of the most beautiful places in the region, including Cedar Breaks National Monument and Kanarraville Canyon.
Start: Drive roughly two hours northeast on I-15 from Las Vegas to St. George.
End: Cedar Breaks National Monument, just outside Cedar City.
Hours of Driving: 7+ hours of driving, including the commute to and from Las Vegas.
Places to Stay & Local Guides: St. George and Springdale both make excellent base camps for this family road trip, each with plenty of lodging and nearby camping to offer. Plus, booking a local tour guide will help you make the most of your vacation, whether it’s your first time visiting the Zion Region or your hundredth. If you're planning your trip to accommodate disabilities, there's plenty of options to safely see and enjoy the beauty of Utah.
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