Southern Utah is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, and you surely don’t want your kids to miss out on some of the adventures to be had in this outdoor lover’s paradise. 

However, it can be challenging to find the right kind of nature adventure for children. Luckily, this part of Utah has everything a kid loves, from otherworldly Dr. Seuss-like rock formations to narrow slot canyons and stunning waterfalls. Here are 3 family-friendly nature adventures to enjoy in southern Utah! 

1. Red Reef Trail in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Red Reef Trail for family-friendly nature adventues in southern Utah

The Red Reef Trail is located just outside of St. George, Utah, and you can bet your toddlers and your teens will both love it. There’s an elephant-like tree trunk to crawl all over, ancient Native American petroglyphs, and mysterious caves to explore. 

The trail is short at less than three miles, and there is plenty of bouldering for your kids. Water also runs through the area for at least six months of every year, and that makes plenty of pools for your kids to take a cool dip. For more experienced young hikers, there are also plenty of offshoots to extend the adventure. 

2. Calf Creek Falls in Escalante, Utah

Calf Creek Falls for Family-friendly nature adventures in southern Utah

This is a longer hike at six miles round trip, but the destination will absolutely thrill kids of all ages. This is one of the best family-friendly nature adventures in this part of Utah. The whole family will enjoy petroglyph panels on the sheer cliff walls along the hike, but it is hot and exposed in the summer, so bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and snacks. 

When you get to the end of the hike, you’ll find a gorgeous waterfall oasis waiting for you. Here, there’s plenty of sand and cold water to cool off after a hot hike. There are even mossy edges you can slide down along the sides of the waterfall. It’s a kid’s dream adventure. 

3. Navajo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop Trail for family friendly nature adventures in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is famous for its hoodoos, which are tall, eroded spires jutting up out of the desert landscape. It’s like a scene from a science fiction movie. One of the best trails to take to see these hoodoos, particularly if you’re short on time, is the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s a great short (only 1.5 miles) family-friendly nature adventure that your kids will love. 

Along the trail, you’ll find carved-out caves to climb in and hoodoo views that just won’t quit. The end is steep, so take it slow, and be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water so you can take a break when you’re ready. For even more fun, there’s also the Queens-Garden loop you can take for even more adventure time. 

Escalante Yurts has Family-Friendly Nature Adventures All Around

If you’re looking for a great, family-friendly place to stay while you’re enjoying the adventures southern Utah has to offer, look no further than Escalante Yurts. They are located in the midst of all the fun southern Utah has to offer, and you couldn’t ask for a more unique, fun, and comfortable place to stay while you’re enjoying adventure all around. 

You can choose from several sizes of yurts, each of which is both heated and cooled. They have comfortable beds complete with soft linens, and you get a hearty breakfast to start your day. You also have a private patio for stargazing and several community fire pits if you want to socialize with other yurt-dwellers. Make your reservations today, and let the adventure begin! 

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Red Reef Trail

Calf Creek Falls

Navajo Trail