Wondering which hikes in Zion National Park your little ones can handle? We’ve done all the research for you and put together this handy Zion Kid Hikes guide that will help you plan the perfect vacation. Simply click on a link to be taken to our full review of each hike, which includes pictures, directions, recommendations, and other details.
If you’d like more information about Zion and the shuttle, check out our Zion National Park Family Guide.
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive Trails
This flat easy trail runs 2 miles RT along the river. The trail is paved and easy for all age and skill levels. It ends at the entrance to the Narrows and in the summer is a fun place to get your feet wet.
Though steep, this trail is paved and short enough (less than half a mile RT) for all skill levels. There is a great payoff at the end of this hike, which is sometimes referred to as a hanging garden. (2021 Update: Currently closed)
We give you our version of this must-do hike in the park that will help you enjoy all 3 pools while taking a little of the steepness out of the climb. Hiking to the Emerald Pools via the Kayenta Trail also offers some beautiful views of Zion Canyon.
The most leisurely downhill hike in Zion runs a half-mile between Shuttle Stop 6 and Shuttle Stop 5. The Grotto hike is easy enough to take anyone on.
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Trails
This is probably our favorite hike in Zion. Though there is a little danger involved, the hike is only 1 mile RT and has several interesting elements including a beautiful overlook of Zion Canyon.
Try this less known trail that you won’t find in any park literature that allows you to explore the creek and find a waterfall. It’s 1.0 mile roundtrip
This hidden trail is a great spot to escape the crowds of Zion, and walk through a little slot canyon. 1.2 miles roundtrip and super fun!
This is the one trail that we didn’t have time to do while we were in Zion. It is a paved trail that runs between Shuttle Stop 3 and the South Campground, and is about 1.5 miles long between those stops. Many people have mentioned that they use this trail to access the Virgin River for summertime splashing or wading! The nice thing is you can walk one way, and ride the shuttle the other way! For more info, check out this post on Wanderookie.
Kolob Canyons Trails
We feature this hike from the Kolob Canyons section of Zion. Though it is a little longer, there are a few interesting old cabins along the way and your little ones will have fun crossing the creek again and again.
There are so many great Zion Kid Hikes that we know you will have a ton of fun hiking in Zion with your family. Make sure you check out our entries on Things to do in Zion National Park and Things to do Near Zion National Park.