9 Things to Do in Bryce Canyon with Kids

Sep 2, 2021 | Bryce Canyon National Park, National Parks, Simple Suit, United States, Utah

If you’re looking for things to do in Bryce Canyon with kids, you’ve come to the right place!

The area around Bryce Canyon is not highly developed, so most of the adventures here will be a little more on the rustic side.

Fortunately, if your kids love dirt, rocks, trees, birds, and animals as much as our kids do, they’ll be perfectly content. The two days we spent camping at Sunset Campground in Bryce Canyon National Park were some of our kids’ favorite days on our southern Utah road trip!

Go for a hike

I’m not sure how we got so lucky, but our kids love to hike. Maybe it’s because we always hiked with them (even when they were newborns) or because they got hiking genes. Either way, I count myself fortunate!

Even if your kids don’t love to hike, there are trails in Bryce Canyon that I think every kid, and adult, will love.

Queen’s Garden + Navajo Loop

2.3 miles


Hands down, this is our favorite trail in Bryce Canyon. While it can be a little steep at the start and finish, there are so many “fun” things about this trail that make kids happy.

There are weird rocks, chipmunks, tunnels, rock cutouts, tree tunnels, and a tall narrow slot canyon. 

We rated it as The Best Family Hike in Bryce Canyon!

Rim Trail

As long or short as you want it to be


This wide, flat path will take you from Bryce Point to Inspiration Point to Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. You can walk the entire length or you can simply walk between two points, like Sunrise and Sunset.

Mossy Cave Trail

0.8 miles


Located outside of the main park area, this short jaunt offers something different–water. If water is flowing, that is. Kids may enjoy seeing something different, and Mossy Cave is different.

kids standing on the queens garden trail
father standing with kids on rim trail in bryce canyon

Take in the views

Don’t feel like hiking? Ride the shuttle!

Bryce Canyon shuttle buses are air-conditioned, which is lovely during the hot summer months. Kids will love sitting in a cushy chair, without a seat belt, and enjoying the canyon at an easy pace.

At most national parks that provide shuttle service, we like to ride the shuttle around the entire park when we first arrive to familiarize ourselves with the layout of the park.

The shuttle bus in Bryce Canyon takes visitors to well-known vistas including Inspiration Point, Bryce Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.

people standing at the lookout at bryce point

Bryce Point

Go for a bike ride

The bike trail system in Bryce Canyon is top-notch!

There is a shared-use, paved path that winds through the park and out of the park for 18 miles. The portion of the path that runs through the park isn’t completely level, so keep that in mind if you have young bikers.

Bikes can also be placed on a bike rack on the front of the shuttle bus, so we recommend riding downhill (Inspiration Point is the highest location), then having the shuttle bus take you uphill.

shared paved path at bryce canyon
hoodoos at bryce canyon

Explore the Visitor’s Center

We always love learning more about the places we visit, the Visitor’s Center is the perfect place to educate yourself!

Watch a Park Movie

A free film about the park, its history, and its inhabitants plays every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour. Kids will also enjoy looking at the animal displays located in the theatre.

Discover Hands-on Displays

Within the Visitor’s Center are educational displays that provide a hands-on experience.

Participate in the Junior Ranger Program

The Visitor’s Center is also a great place to pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet for the kids to complete. They can take the pledge as a young ranger and earn their own Bryce Canyon badge!

girl with backpack and binoculars in bryce canyon
girl at interactive display at visitors center in bryce canyon

Go Wildlife Viewing

Kids love nothing more than going on a wildlife sighting adventure! Take the shuttle, walk, bike, or hop in the car and search for wildlife at dusk. We saw birds, deer, turkeys, prairie dogs, chipmunks, and more!

young mule deer in meadow in bryce canyon

Wander Through Old Town Bryce

While Old Town Bryce is small and may be a bit of a tourist trap, it’s certainly kid-friendly. Kids will enjoy souvenir shopping, looking at petrified wood, and grabbing a sweet treat to eat.

father and daughter posing for a picture in a western cutout in old town bryce
family walking on path in old town bryce in utah

Attend the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned adventure, check out the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. It runs Wednesday through Saturday nights throughout the summer months.

Take a Horseback Riding Adventure

If you’d rather be in the saddle yourself, take a trail ride! Guests must be at least seven years old to participate.

horseback riders riding down trail in bryce canyon

Enjoy a Guided ATV Tour

For something a little more adventurous, take a guided ATV tour. Riders must also be at least seven years old to participate.

Or Simply Enjoy Your Campsite

Kids truly don’t need much to be entertained, and our kids enjoyed biking around the campground, finding lizards, making pine needle forts, playing games, and just hanging out!

Are you planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park with kids? Do you have any questions! I’d love to hear from you!


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