Now that spring has formally arrived, it’s time to start thinking about your next family vacation. Of course, the world is your oyster, so selecting a destination can be difficult – only made the more difficult when you put your kids into the equation. While many families want their vacation to be a relaxing experience, your children will wish to explore and delve into adventure, which is also ideal and beneficial to you parents, too!
Instead of sitting around a pool for a couple of weeks, you should find the best of both worlds and explore nature at its finest. Believe it or not, but such locations exist. Zion National Park, located in Utah, is a distinguished national park, known for its steep red cliffs and scenic landscapes. If you need any further persuasion, read the following for more on why Zion National Park should be the go-to location for your next family adventure.
Hiking and exploring go hand-in-hand with the Zion National Park, so be sure to pack your best hiking boots and gear. However, you should also look for the most noteworthy hiking trails as there are many to discover. One of the most infamous of sights is The Narrows – the narrowest section of the Zion Canyon, which is also beautiful and astonishing in itself. This is considered one of the Zion Canyon’s most favored walks.
The Court of the Patriarchs
There are many stunning backdrops spread across the Zion National Park. However, the Court of the Patriarchs is a set of sandstone cliffs, named after the biblical figures, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. These cliffs make a wonderful photo opportunity!
If you’re a horse rider or a fan of trying new experiences, horseback riding through the Zion National Park can not only be the highlight of your vacation but a memory you and your kids will never forget. Mount your steed and walk (or trot, if you’re brave) the treks, taking in the scenery surrounding you. For more information on a relaxing and unique horseback riding tour, visit the Zion National Park website.
The Observation Point
For the more advanced hikers, climbing to the top of the Observation Point is a wonderful hike and ideal for those who can hack the steep incline. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll witness the most iconic image of the Zion National Park, and while you’re making your way to the top, you can glimpse into the Echo Canyon and see its prominent white cliffs. Before embarking on this hike, make sure you and your kids can handle this strenuous hike.
The Zion Shuttle
If you don’t hike, or perhaps your kids are tired and need to give their feet a rest, the Zion Shuttle is a frequent bus service taking you from A to B, allowing everyone to see the sights without having to walk. This is also a convenient way to see the National Park if you’re pressed for time, as you can leave the visitor center and be back in 40 minutes.
From horseback riding to paddle boarding, to long, scenic hikes and beautiful backdrops, this vacation destination will be sure to be a wonderful experience. Not only can you and your family bond through such activities, but through hiking, you’ll relish in the benefits of being outside in the fresh air.