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Canyoneering with Kids – Your Next Zion Family Adventure

Zion National Park canyoneering with kids

In today’s fast-paced world, family time is precious. It’s important to get outdoors, where families can really connect and break away from technology, chores and other distractions. Outdoor time helps families unplug and bond while reducing stress and even improving health. It’s win-win all around.

Canyoneering with kids
Canyoneering with Kids

Our recommended age for canyoneering is 12 years old, but younger kids are able to join if they are strong and willing to try. Here are some factors to take into consideration when deciding whether your child is ready for an East Zion adventure.

1) Weight. Children must weigh enough to be able to rappel on their own because their body weight is what allows them to move down the rope. If they don’t weigh enough, it’s super difficult for them to move and would probably have to be lowered.

2) Fear factor. Let’s be honest—canyoneering can be nerve-wracking, even for adults! A healthy dose of fear is a good motivator, but if you think your child (or you) might freeze up and refuse to do a rappel, that can post a problem. After all, the only way out of the middle of a canyon is down.

3) Stamina/Endurance. Kids not only need to be physical and mentally able to rappel, they also need to be able to hike in a variety of terrain and conditions. (Think sand, heat, boulders, etc.) People often forget to factor in getting to the canyon, hiking into it, then hiking out of it. The good news? Kids with determination to finish will do great! We’ve seen it happen again and again.

“There’s nothing better as a guide than helping someone achieve something hard that they didn’t think they could do.”
–Jo, adventure guide

East Zion Adventures

Our guides are equipped with both the skills and the patience necessary to help your little explorers face challenges, try new adventures and have an amazing time. Former adventure guide Jo says that a successful canyoneering adventure with kids truly does depend on the child. Parents should evaluate their child’s ability level the best they can so everyone involved can enjoy the experience. “I’ve guided 6-year-olds who were rock stars,” she says. “We definitely encourage everyone to try canyoneering, because conquering a scary, hard thing is AMAZING.”

Beyond Adventure
A guided family canyoneering excursion is a great way for families to experience the adventure of a lifetime during their Zion National Park vacation. Multiple rappels, scrambling and hiking amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the U.S. creates more than just an experience. You’ll leave with memories that last a lifetime.

Book a guided canyoneering adventure.