ArikaLogo_Brown2.png
The Hayes Family-17_websize.jpg

LET US HELP YOU PLAN

YOUR ZION + SOUTHERN UTAH ADVENTURE

10 Tips for Hiking The Narrows with Kids

If you are visiting Zion National Park in the summer with kids who love to hike and who love water then The Narrows is a hike that should be at the very top of your list.


Such a great way to beat the intense summer heat, The Narrows is an amazing slot canyon hike that will take your breath away around every turn.

After hiking The Narrows with a number of different families I have put together a list of my 10 best tips for hiking The Narrows with kids to ensure that everyone in the family has a blast on this epic water hike.

1. Let The Kids Hike In Swimming Suits

Whether they fall and get wet or they step into a deep spot, it is a guarantee that they will get wet. If kids start out the hike in clothes that are made for water and also comfortable when wet, chances are they will welcome the water instead of complaining that they are wet.

HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER IN ZION + SOUTHERN UTAH - CLICK TO LEARN MORE


2. Go Slow

Walking upstream through water is no easy feat for little legs. They will also be going up, over, and around rocks a number of times. Be aware that children will need plenty of help, hand holding and an extra dose of patience. Plan for a whole day of hiking (don't schedule any other hikes that day) if you are doing The Narrows with kids.

3. Take Plenty Of Snacks And Water

As with any outing with kids, snacks are a must. When hiking such a challenging trail, kids will need extra stops to refuel. Make sure to bring snacks that pack a punch. Trail mix, energy bars, and beef jerky are my go-to snacks when hiking with my kiddos. Always make sure to bring enough water for everyone in the family. Water bladders are a great way to easily pack enough water. Get small hiking backpacks for each kid and let them carry their own water.