One of our favorite ways to beat the heat in Southern Utah is to head to the Virgin River. There are so many great spots along the river to play and explore but one of our favorite spots is Sheeps Bridge Park, also known as Falls Park.
This park, located in Virgin UT just 15 minutes from Zion, is the ideal spot to catch frogs, play in the sand, tube, and even do some very mild cliff jumping.
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The park is located along a short and bumpy dirt road that is passable with most cars. If it has recently rained though the road can get a little rough.
There is a large parking area at the end of the road with a bathroom and a few picnic tables. Click Here for directions.
From the parking lot, it's a short walk down to the river to find a spot to play and swim for the day. Take a little time to explore and walk the river. There are some great spots with shade to the left of the parking lot.
For the ideal spot to do a little tubing and a great spot for playing in the sand make your way to the right of the parking lot. Bring sand toys. There is plenty of sand to play in.
If you visit at the end of June through July you will be greeted by tons of baby frogs. There are so many that you actually have to be careful that you don't step on them. It is so much fun for the kids.
Bring a sand bucket that the kids can fill with all their catches but make sure to release the baby frogs when it's time to go.
The Virgin River isn't known for great tubing (except in the spring) but this is one of the few areas along the river that it is deep enough to do a little tubing.
It may be a short distance but my kids had such a great time floating down the river again and again.
As always make sure to clean up all your trash and leave this beautiful spot BETTER than you found it.
On your way home make a stop at Fort Zion in Virgin for lunch or dinner. They have the best burgers in Southern Utah and a fun petting zoo for the kids.
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