Arches National Park

Last weekend we visited Arches National Park in south eastern Utah. Every time I visit this park I can't get over how kid friendly it is. We didn't have our girls with us but we have taken them before and they absolutely loved it. It's a natural jungle gym for kids to explore all day! There are many different types of hikes for all fitness levels and ages.  We took Taylar when she was 2 years old and she had a blast. 

Some things to remember when going: 

Drink LOTS of water! Especially in the summer. I can't stress this enough!

Bring snacks, food and drinks into the park as there are no services other than the visitor center at the entrance. Also be sure to take a good hiking backpack, hat, sunscreen and wear good shoes. Especially on long hikes. This is imperative for children. They need to be sheltered from the sun, eat and drink while hiking. 

Sunset is an amazing time to visit Delicate Arch or basically anywhere in the park.

Leave the park as you found it. Stay on designated trails as the desert soil is alive and walking off the trail will kill the ecosystem.  

We usually stay in Moab when we go. Two great hotels we have found are the Holiday Inn Express and Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites. Both are clean, affordable and usually serve free breakfast. 

Also nearby Moab are Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Canyonlands is basically split into 3 sections each having its own unique beauty. The most visited is Island in the Sky but even then there aren't many people. So if you want to get away from the crowds at Arches consider heading to Canyonlands for a day. 

Dead Horse Point State Park is basically an overlook to the Colorado River. It's really stunning! I highly recommend visiting this park. It's a bit of a drive outside of Moab but totally worth it!

We really love the desert of the south west. It's such a fun place for families to explore and travel.