The Riverside Walk in Zion is a family friendly trail that packs a punch. The trail offers stunning canyon views that are not to be missed. There are also little side trails that will take you to the sandy shores of the Virgin River.
Personally, I would take all first timers to Zion National Park on this trail. That way they get the full shuttle ride through the park and an up close look at the Virgin River.
The Riverside Walk also happens to be the gateway to the Narrows, meaning the trail ends at the start of the Narrows. If you are feeling extra adventurous, pack your water shoes and hiking poles and trek through the Virgin River to the Mystery Falls.
This trail is paved so feel free to bring your stroller (if you feel like lugging it on the shuttle). Also be warned that the squirrels on this trail will attempt to mug your packs if you set them down.
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- This trail can get very crowded due to its popularity and the popularity of the Narrows hike. Try to avoid going during the mid-day rush.
- If you want to play in the river (or sample the Narrows) don’t forget to pack water shoes and a plastic bag.
- If you have older kids up for a little adventure, continue your trek into the Narrows to Mystery Falls. Keep your eye out for canyoneers rappelling down the waterfall into the canyon.
- If you are hiking the Narrows be sure to check that they are open! They sometimes close the Narrows if the water level is too high.
Length: 2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy (mostly level the whole time)
Trailhead: Ride the Zion Scenic Shuttle all the way to the last stop (The Temple of Siniwava). The trailhead is clearly marked.
Planning a trip to Zion with kids? You should also check out the Canyon View trail (known as the secret treasure of Zion National Park), 5 Magical Southern Utah Swimming Holes, Red Cliffs Recreation Area and Campground, and the Pa’rus trail.