We recently hiked Bryce Canyon and Zion with our 2 and 4 year old toddlers and here are some of the amazing adventures I’d recommend doing with toddlers.
1. Hike Kanarra Creek – Kanarra Creek is a 3.5-mile round trip trail. It’s considered a moderate trail, but I’d consider it easy if you are an experienced hiker. The trail crosses a small river several times as it meanders up the canyon until it arrives at a slot canyon. You don’t have to walk far up the slot canyon and you’ll find yourself at a picturesque waterfall. There is a ladder that goes up the waterfall to a second waterfall, but as I had a 2 and 4 year old with me I decided not to go up and check out the next level. My husband did and took pictures and we agreed that the first fall was the nicest and it’s not worth the risk of carrying the kids up a slippery ladder to see what is at the next level.
a. Before doing this trail, we checked the flash flood report and talk to the parks people in Zion to make sure risk is low as we are not familiar with slot canyon flash floods.
b. Rent proper footwear for the hike. We rented Water hiking boots and water socks from the University of Southern Utah in Cedar City for $4 or you can also get them in Springdale for around $20.
c. Bring $10 for parking. There are envelopes to put your money in and you take the Yellow copy of the parking ticket and put it on your window.
2. Bike Zion Canyon – There are several places to rent bikes in Springdale. Rent a bike and toddler trailer for 4 hours and bike up Pa’rus trail. It’s a paved pathway that follows the river. Once you get to the road you can continue biking up the road. Bikes must pull off to the side for busses to pass, as they won’t pass a bike. The only other traffic on the road are parks people and hotel guests. You can stop at Zion Lodge and enjoy a picnic on the grass, then continue to the riverside walk parking lot and cruise back down the canyon enjoying the views.
a. If you plan to picnic lunch at the lodge bring your own food. The food at the lodge is quite expensive and not that great.
3. Hike Bryce Canyon – Peekaboo Loop approximately 5.5km. Stop in at Bryce Canyon and Hike Peekaboo loop to Navajo. Park your car at the bus parking lot and jump on the Bryce Canyon Bus. Take the bus to Bryce point and start your hike on Peekaboo Loop. You’ll weave your way to the canyon floor relatively quickly. Hike amongst beautiful towers and get amazing views. Than hike back up the Navajo loop trail. The trail up will be a bit strenuous, but the views are worth it.