Kid Friendly Attractions in Canyonlands National Park



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  • Some of the best things for kids to do in Canyonlands are just as much fun for the adults in the family. Along with fun and easy hikes in this very kid-friendly landscape, Canyonlands also offers several great ranger-led activities. We've made a tough choice in narrowing down the selections to our top ten favorite things to do with kids in Canyonlands.

    The Junior Ranger program is a genuinely interesting, hands-on activity choice. They can follow the activity booklet to learn about how geogical formations such as Mesa Arch were created. Mesa Arch is an easy hike, as is Pothole Point Trail. The potholes are depressions in the rock that catch rain, a vital resource for desert critters. Roadside Ruin Trail and Aztec Butte Trail both lead you to places where you can see remains of the natural structures built by ancient human inhabitants. Grand View Point Trail really is aptly named, which you'll understand once you hike it. Whale Rock Trail is short and fun, because that rock formation really does look like a giant whale beached in the dry desert. The Cave Spring Trail has very safe ladders to climb for those adventurous kids of yours. Slickrock Trail is just a sweet little leg-stretcher that gives you a taste of classic Canyonlands scenery.

    Big Spring to Squaw Canyon Loop is a longer hike, at 7.5 miles, so it's for older kids. But it's truly beautiful, and is an excellent introduction to the topography and geologic wonder that is Canyonlands.

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    Junior Ranger

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    Let the kids lead the way as they learn about Canyonlands with an activity booklet and exercises to complete... read more

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    Grand View Point Trail

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    Easy, flat 2-mile walk to stunning viewpoint. Great for kids... read more

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    Whale Rock Trail

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    1-mile r/t, easy, steep, great for kids, climb sandstone... read more

    Cave Spring Trail

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    A hike for history buffs. Less than a mile, great for kids!... read more

    Pothole Point Trail

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    .6 mile, uneven slickrock surface. See nature's water holes... read more

    Roadside Ruin Trail

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    .3 mile, view ancient Puebloan grain storage called granary... read more

    Aztec Butte Trail

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    Steep, short, 2-miles round trip. Ancient ruins, mini-arches... read more

    Slickrock Trail

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    2.4 miles. Scenic vistas, might spot bighorn sheep... read more

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    Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail

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    1.6 mile r/t, easy hike to fascinating geologic features... read more

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    Big Spring to Squaw Canyon Loop

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    7.5 miles, varied terrain, exposed sections, campsites... read more
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