Be sure to pack plenty of snacks for your hiking adventures. Children tire quickly while hiking and will be more motivated to finish if you promise them their favorite treat. You should also consider bringing your own lunch, food options inside the park aren’t the best.
The Visitor Center offers free Junior Ranger booklets for visitors ages 4 and up. This activity booklet leads little nature explorers through Zion National Park in search of natural treasures. Upon completion, participants earn a Junior Ranger Badge. The program is tailored to different age groups. Allow several hours for older children to complete the entire program.
To avoid summer crowds, try to visit the park first thing in the morning or later in the day (about 1 ½ hours before sunset).
Going to Zion National Park in the winter versus the summer is a very different experience. Winter allows you to enjoy the park in the peace and quiet, but it can get chilly and there is less daylight. In the summer, children can play in the river but the park will be incredibly crowded. During that time of year, plan for traffic, large crowds and long lines to get on the shuttle.
Food in Springdale is a little expensive, save money by buying groceries in Hurricane or La Verkin for a picnic lunch.