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They say parenthood is an adventure, but it shouldn’t stop at your backyard. More and more, families are going beyond ordinary vacations to enjoy outdoor adventures that create lasting memories.

East Zion Jeep Tours guests often tell us that their Jeep and canyoneering, experiences near Utah’s Zion National Park are awesome. Brooke and Sam from Redondo Beach, California recently enjoyed a slot canyon/Jeep tour combo with their daughters and other family members. They chose our Red Canyon Jeep and rappelling tour with East Zion Adventure guide Chris.

Sam says “Rappelling down with the kids was awesome!” And the kids agree. “We went way deep into the canyon! It’s really cool!”

Initially concerned that rappelling might be tough for the little ones but with experienced guides, Sam said his family felt safe and had a blast. Hickory, also from Redondo Beach, California, agrees. “We had fantastic guides. They knew what they were doing.” Both families agreed that it was they best experience on their Zion National Park trip.

What kids have to say about East Zion Jeep Tours

“It was terrifying at first because it looked really steep but after the first few steps you feel like you’ve done it a million times.”

“Once you do the first [rappel], you trust your guide the whole time.”

“I liked that it was a new experience. I’ve been rock climbing on regular walls but I’ve never been out in the wild.”

Explore with your kids. The adventure is just beginning!

Brooke says the best part of her family’s East Zion adventure “getting to see remote scenery that we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise. We were the only people out there,” she says. “It was worth every penny.”

Are you thinking to yourself, my kid would never try canyoneering? You’d be surprised! Check out this California family’s experience!

While planning your next family vacation, don’t overlook Utah’s Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort near Zion National Park, hailed as one of America’s Top 6 Adventure Resorts! From glamping to cabins to vacation homes, there are plenty of lodging options and family-friendly activities in East Zion. Here’s to the next generation of adventurers!