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Traveling With Children

A good family adventure vacation often begins in Salt Lake City, with a visit to the stunning Natural History Museum of Utah to set the context. From there, set out on any of our family-oriented itineraries to explore Utah's world-class outdoor recreation and spectacular landscapes. 

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Hiking Southern Utah with Kids

Hiking with kids is a great way to combine quality family time with exercise and exploration of the outdoors. Part of preserving wilderness for future generations is teaching children to appreciate and enjoy nature. But it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. Here is some information and a few tips to help increase your chances of a successful hike, as well as make your kids want to do it again next time.

Tips for Family Visits to Southern Utah

Planning for a Family Ski Trip

Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. With big city, world-class amenities galore and 11 different resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, a trip to Ski City can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's bucket list. Best of all, it's family-friendly and budget-friendly. See what makes Utah one of the best ski destinations in the western U.S. for families on a budget.

Family Ski Guide How to pack for a family ski trip

If you're heading outdoors, consider hiring a guide. Guides get you somewhere safely, and they often take you and your family to places only accessible with a permit and the right gear.

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Utah resorts offer plenty of deals to get kids of all ages up on skis or snowboards.

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Utah offers some other-worldly destinations for family exploration, just make sure you're prepared to keep these lands Forever Mighty.

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Outdoor Activities with Kids

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Indoor Activities

See indoor activities in Utah to keep the family active, entertained and well-fed during the hottest, coldest or rainiest days of the year.

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6 Days

Sandstone Spires & Swimming Holes

Walk the paths of dinosaurs and descend through 200 million years of geologic history in this six-day road trip from Vernal to Kodachrome Basin. It’s a kid-friendly desert drive in search of dino tracks, slot canyons and swimming,

Dinosaurs, Hiking, History and Heritage, Kid-Friendly, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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4 Days

Ski City Downhill + Downtown

Big city amenities support 10 different resorts within an hour of SLC International, which means the best in downhill meets the best in downtown.

Community, Kid-Friendly, Non-ski Winter Activities, Ski and Snowboard, Urban Experiences

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3 Days

A Family Road Trip From Las Vegas to Zion National Park

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.

Camping & Backpacking, Hiking, History and Heritage, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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5 Days

Southern Dinos and Goblins

From fossils and petroglyphs to slot canyons and goblins, you’ll have four days of “oohs” and “ahhs” for the whole adventuring family.

Dinosaurs, Hiking, History and Heritage, Kid-Friendly, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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7 Days

Yellowstone Loop

Everyone must go to Yellowstone once in his or her lifetime, and using Northern Utah as your gateway makes it that much greater.

Dinosaurs, Hiking, History and Heritage, Kid-Friendly, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Wildlife

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