Situated in the heart of Zion National Park, the Emerald Pools Trail is a popular hike for families. Offering several stops along the route without requiring a ton of effort, this relatively short hike is a must-do for anyone visiting Zion National Park.
The Emerald Pools Trail is only 2.2 miles (round-trip) and can even be as short as 1.3 miles (round-trip) if all you do is hike to the Lower Emerald Pool. You can also extend the trip further by adding in the Kayenta Trail.
Many people come to Bryce Canyon National Park to see the hoodoos, but few make their way over to the Water Canyon area and hike the Mossy Cave Trail. This part of the park may seem remote, but it is relatively close to the main section of Bryce Canyon and very much worth the time it takes to get here.
This hike includes a cave (with cool temperatures that will surprise you), a gorgeous waterfall, hoodoos and even an arch. In fact, few hikes in Bryce Canyon even have a little bit of water, so this trail is actually quite a unique experience.
This hike is fantastic for families, and highly recommended if you have the time while visiting this picturesque park.
Trying to pick the best hikes in Canyonlands National Park can be challenging. This park, located near Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, has a lot of great hikes to choose from for hikers of all capabilities. The great thing is that even though there are so many trails, you really can’t go wrong with whichever hikes you pick to spend your time on.
Both the Needles District (to the south) and the Island in the Sky District (to the north) offer good hiking opportunities.