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25 Things To Do In Hurricane - Next To Zion National Park

Growing up in the Hurricane Valley and raising kids here, I know firsthand how great this area is for families. There are so many things to do in Hurricane and surrounding areas to keep kids entertained and having fun all summer long.


Zion National Park might be one of the biggest draws for families visiting Southern Utah, but I am here to inspire you to get outside the park a little. Believe me. You will be happy you did.

The Hurricane Valley is the perfect home base for adventuring in Southern Utah and has everything you need to plan a fantastic family vacation. Come along! Let me show you how how many things there are to do when visiting the Hurricane Valley.

The Hurricane Valley consists of Hurricane, La Verkin, Leads, Toquerville, and Virgin. These towns are close together and a 30-40 minute drive to Zion National Park/Springdale. Also make sure to check out my post SMALL TOWN BIG ADVENTURE - A GUDIE TO VISITING HURRICANE VALLEY.


There are a few ways to get to Hurricane Valley. The most popular way is to fly into Las Vegas and rent a car. The Hurricane Valley is a short 2-hour drive from Las Vegas.

Some people opt to fly to Salt Lake City, the second closest major airport. Flying into Salt Lake will allow you to turn your vacation into a road trip and hit up all of the five national parks in Utah. Salt Lake is a 4 hours drive from Hurricane.

You can also fly into the Saint George Regional airport. This airport is much smaller with minimal flight options, but if you can find one that works for you, the time savings and convenience will be a huge bonus.


Vacation Rentals - Vacation rentals are great because they have more space and the conveniences of home. The two best Airbnb/Vrbo's in the Hurricane Valley are Ardella Cottage and The Ross. For a few more ideas, click here & here.

The Dwellings ($$$) - This tiny home property, located in La Verkin, is within walking distance to my favorite coffee shop, River Rock Roasting Company and my favorite local hiking trail, Confluence Park. The Dwellings has full kitchens and is a great option for families.

Open Sky ($$$$) - This luxury property is quietly tucked into the desert and ready for families to come and connect with nature. Their handcrafted, safari-style tents traveled all the way from South Africa. Each tent has optimal views and maximum privacy.

Weeping Buffalo Resort ($$$) - Located in Virgin, this new resort features Tipis, Covered Wagons, Cliff Dwelling, Cabins, and and RV spots. The luxury clamping experience at Weeping Buffalo Resort is a fun option for anyone looking for something a little unique.

Zions Tiny Oasis ($$$) - This tiny home property is located in Virgin, up Kolob Terrace Road and features several different styles of tiny homes. Each tiny home at Zions Tiny Oasis has a jacuzzi, which is a bonus.

Zion Under Canvas ($$) - Glamping is all the rage and Zion Under Canvas's mix of luxury hotel and rustic camping is sure to make your stay in the area a little more fun.


The desert southwest in the summer is hot and dry. Average temps in the summer range from 100-115 degrees during the day. Here is a list of what to pack to help you enjoy you time in the Hurricane Valley to the fullest.

  • HIKING SANDALS - Bring hiking sandals like Teva or Chacos for hiking. Leave the heavy hiking boots at home. I wear my favorite pair of Teva's none stop from May-October. My kiddos love their Tevas too! Keen also makes great water sandals and shoes for kids.

  • SUNSCREEN - Lots of sunscreen is a must for being out in the intense desert sun.

  • HIKING HAT - Hats are great for blocking sun and dipping in the water for a quick way to cool off.

  • HIKING SHORTS - Pick fabrics that are light and breathable

  • SWIMMING SUITE - You will be doing lots of swimming in lakes streams and rivers. Bring two swimming suites so that one can dry while the other one is being worn.

  • HIKING TOPS - I am a big fan of tank tops but that means more sunscreen. There are long sleeve options for the summer that are breathable and block the sun.

  • DAYPACK/WATER PACK - Have a backpack for everyone in the family. Let the kids carry their own water and snacks.

Check out these 20 things to do with kids when visiting the Hurricane Valley - all within a 1.5-hour drive of Hurricane

1 - Hike The Confluence Trail

Confluence Park is a 344-acre park that sits in a gorge below Hurricane & La Verkin. The Confluence Park Trail runs along the Virgin River with croppings of lava rock, historical buildings, and plenty of areas to play and swim along the river.

There are three entry points to this trail. One route starts at the end of Main Street in Hurricane, one begins at Power Plant Park in La Verkin, and the easiest and flattest trailhead starts at the north end of La Verkin.

Our favorite thing about Confluence Park is that it leads to a fun area with a sandy beach, picnic benches, a great swimming spot, and a rope swing! What kid doesn't love a rope swing, right? To get there, take the Confluence trailhead at the north side of La Verkin. Hike .5 miles on a dirt road past an old abandoned pig farm. Once you hit the bridge, you will know you've made it.


Below The Dwellings, there is another rope swing at the bottom of the hill in a shady area. This is another great area for swimming and playing in the water.

family canoeing at Navajo Lake Southern Utah

2 - Go Canoeing at Navajo Lake

Put Navajo Lake at the top of your list if you need a respite from the intense desert heat. This stunning alpine lake, centrally located between Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument, is fun for the whole family.

Head to the far side of the lake and rent a canoe from Navajo Lake Lodge. The lodge also offers rentals for pontoon boats, motor boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards.


Bring the bikes and ride the Navajo Loop trail, a stunning 12-mile beginner-level loop around the lake.

3 - Visit Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon

Surrounded by towering jagged basalt rock and a shady stream filled with catch and release crawdads, Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon is the perfect summer destination with the family. I take my kiddos here at least once a summer!

Located 15 minutes north of St George and 45 minutes from Hurricane this natural spring pool stays at a comfortable 87 degrees and is emptied and refilled every evening with fresh new water from the natural spring on the property.