Car Camping Adventures for Families

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Camping out West

It's the middle of the winter and too cold for kid camping, so I thought I might head back in time a bit and post about a few parks out west that we went to pre-kids.  Please forgive the picture quality.  My oldest is almost six years old, so I had to dig into some pretty old boxes to find these pictures.

Zion National Park

We camped at this park for three nights and really liked it.  We stayed on the Watchmen loop although both the South loop and the Watchmen loop were nice.  There are no showers at this park, but they do have clean drinking water and bathrooms.



My favorite part of this park was hiking the Narrows, although I will say that this is NOT a kid friendly hike unless your kids are able to hike on their own and are good swimmers.  You hike up a narrow canyon through a shallow running river.  The scenery along this hike is breathtaking.  It is a total of 16 miles long and takes about 13 hours to hike in it's entirety.  There were plenty of backpackers that were going the entire way and camping as they went, but we only hiked about 31/2 miles in and then turned around and went back out. I would definitely love to go back and hike the entire length one day.





Bryce Canyon National Park

Even though we didn't spend the night at this park, I felt it deserved a shout-out. This is by far, one of the neatest parks I've ever visited. When walking through it, you literally feel like you've entered The Flintstones. It's not a big park, but it's definitely memorable. You can see most of it in one day if you're not planning any major hikes. 



While we didn't experience either of these parks with kids, they are both kid friendly and offer shorter hikes for the younger crowd in addition to junior ranger programs for kids aged 6-12.  These parks are located in Southern Utah and you can learn more about them at their websites: ZION and BRYCE


  1. Welcome to the community of outdoor bloggers! You have a good start to a great blog, keep it up! I haven't been to Zion, but I have hiked through a slot canyon called the Halls Creek Narrows in south-eastern Utah, and it was one of my favourite trips of all time! The west is an incredible place, these are areas that everyone should be so lucky to experience at some point in their life! I'm sure for kids it would be a great lifetime memory.

    Just make sure you take enough water with you, it can get hot and you can get dehydrated quickly. This is especially true for kids.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I can't wait to get my kids out west for camping. We lived in Dallas for several years and have lots of family in Arizona, so I have connections to that end of the country. I can only hope, when we do finally get the kids out there for a camping trip, that they'll love it and appreciate it as much as we did. Hall Creek sounds amazing! I'll definitely add it to my list of "to do" spots.

  3. Wow it looks like you had a great time, and those pictures are awesome! What a beautiful place! I may have to check that out for myself! Thanks for sharing! Feel free to visit me back :)

  4. Done. :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. This is awesome. With those delightful places to see I am greatly sure that you had a fantastic time hiking. I never been to that hike and I envy you so much. I am missing a lot of things now.


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