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Family-friendly Places In Southern Utah

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 18, 2012 | Categories: Guest Posts, Travel

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Towering sandstones in different shapes, sizes and formations — these scenic views are identified with the state of Utah. Southern Utah in particular is a field with scenic views such as snow-capped mountains, stone arches, waterways and monuments.

In fact, it is an ideal place to visit when you are with your family and with kids of various age groups, try river rafting, hiking, mountain biking and four wheeling around southern Utah. Camping, boating and horseback riding can also be experienced if you visit one of the many national parks in the area. Here are suggested places you must visit with your family:

National Parks

Southern Utah is mainly known for its numerous national parks. These national parks boast of massive buttes, mesas, geologic amphitheaters, red rock fortresses, historic fruit orchards, sandstone walls and a river landscape. Monument Valley, in particular, is perhaps the most popular and the most photographed scenery in Utah because of its exposure in various Hollywood films.

  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Monument Valley

Monuments

Among the many activities you can do within the monuments are photography, sightseeing, hiking, camping, nature study and picnicking. Some of these monuments house skiing and snowboarding resorts. Although most of these monuments can be reached by foot, some are accessible by boat or on horseback.

  • Cedar Breaks
  • Grand Staircase Escalante
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Natural Bridges
  • Hovenweep
  • Glen Canyon / Lake Powell

Mountains

The beautiful southern Utah Mountains were formed from igneous materials that are known to be resistant to erosion. Hike your way to the peak and bask in the beauty of the Colorado plateau and the surrounding canyons. Make sure to bring a camera with you so you can capture the captivating view from the top.

  • Abajo Mountains (Blue Mountains)
  • La Sal Mountains

When it comes to accommodations, Cedar City, Moab and St. George, offers numerous hotels, inns, motels, condos, bed and breakfasts and various other lodging. Food and dining is not a problem as there are many kid-friendly restaurants in these three major cities. For instance, many St George Restaurants serve pizza, burgers, fries, sandwiches, subs, hot dogs, smoothies, ice cream, cakes and desserts.

Most family-friendly restaurants serve American, Asian, Chinese, Italian, Southwestern, European and Mexican cuisines. These cities also offer numerous shopping sites, entertainment area and night life. Southern Utah is indeed a land of beauty. A day is simply not enough to enjoy its luscious scenery and rich culture.

15 Responses to Family-friendly Places In Southern Utah

  1. I would love to travel more. There is so much to see!

  2. I’ve never been to Utah. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jenn says:

    I’ve never been to Utah but I’ve always wanted to go!

  4. We loved Bryce and Zion. I only wish we spent more time exploring Zion aside from the ‘drive through’ we did.

  5. Billie says:

    I’ve never been to Utah, seems there are a lot of fun places to visit.

  6. Maryann says:

    I want to travel to all the states and Utah is still on my list!

  7. I spent a lot of time traveling those parks as a child. That’s unbelievable country out that way. Gorgeous.

  8. Mellisa says:

    What a gorgeous picture. I’ve never been to UTAH, I would love to visit though.

  9. HilLesha says:

    I’ve traveled to many states, but I don’t believe I’ve ever been to Utah.

  10. Marcie W. says:

    Sounds like a wonderful way to get in touch with nature.

  11. Dianna Thomas says:

    awesome picture– we live in S. Idaho– and this is one of out favorite places to travel through

  12. I’ve never been to Utah, but it sounds like a great place to visit!

  13. Gorgeous! I need to make it out to Utah as it’s one of the few places I have not visited.

  14. Toni says:

    I would love to travel to all of those places.

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