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Take a hike! Here are three family-friendly hikes in Utah

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 15:32:12-05

If you're going stir crazy at home, why don't you just take a hike?

We asked Kyra Free, who runs Utah with Kids, for three of her favorite hikes during the winter.

She says now is a great time to take a trip to Zion National Park in Southern Utah and try out the Pa'rus Trail. This is named after the Paiute word for "bubbling water" and it's one of the newer trails at Zion. It is the only trail inside the park that's open to pets and bicycles, and it is also one of the few wheelchair-accessible trails in the park. Kyra says it's paved so it's easy for little kids to walk and you can go for as long or as short as you want.

In Northern Utah, she recommends the Draper Suspension Bridge. This hike is typically accessed from the Orson Smith Trailhead on the east side of Draper in the foothills. The bridge spans 185 feet across the Bear Canyon and connects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Kyra says getting to the bridge is exciting for kids and it's only a two mile hike, so that's totally doable for a family.

Kyra also recommends the Rocky Mountain Falls in Sandy. That's located at 11248 Wasatch Boulevard. It's less than a mile but you get to an icy waterfall that kids love!

No matter what hike you're on, Kyra says in the winter it's important to dress warm, and dress in layers. Check a trails app for trail conditions. Keep hikes short and sweet and bring plenty of water and snacks. She always carries GoGoSqueeZ because it's an easy grab-and-go snack that her kids love. Utah With Kids is partnering with GoGoSqueeZ to donate product to organizations around Utah.

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