Family Fun at the Grand Canyon North Rim

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At almost three-hundred miles long, the Grand Canyon is the worlds longest gorge. It's size is mind-boggling. It encompasses 2,000 square miles, reaches a mile down and measures ten-miles from rim to rim. The canyon is known as one of the seven wonders of the world for many reasons. Perhaps foremost is that the layers of the canyon walls range from two-hundred-seventy-million years old at the rim to the two-billion year old Vishnu schist at the base. This represents quite a chunk of the earth's geological history.  The Grand Canyon is also one of the most visited parks in the US.  This is a place that every child should see. They learn about it in school, they see photographs, they hear stories, but nothing can compare to actually being there. A visit to such a prominent landmark will imbed fond memories that last a lifetime.  Make the trip enjoyable by planning ahead and choosing activities that are age appropriate.

Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger Program offered at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon allows kids to have fun and play games while learning about Grand Canyon ecology, animals and folklore. Pick up the Junior Ranger activity booklet at the visitor center. Kids need to complete at least four activities in the booklet for their age level. Kids will then return their booklets to the visitor center to be reviewed by a park ranger. The booklet covers many subjects including learning to use your senses, petroglyphs, habitats, geology, wildlife and being safe and respectful when exploring the Grand Canyon. Children will enjoy taking a ranger-led program which is a requirement of the Junior Ranger Program. On the archeology program kids get to grind corn and afterwards are encouraged to hike the Cliff Springs Trail where they can see an ancient granary.  Other ranger walks and talks at the park are designed to capture the interests of the kids.  Check at the visitor center for a current schedule.

Grand Canyon Hikes for Kids

Bright Angel Point: .05 mile round-trip, leading to a spectacular view point of the canyon.

Cliff Springs Trail: 1.0 mile round-trip, through a forested ravine, ending at a nice spring. Along the way kids will get to see a prehistoric ruin.

Cape Royal Trail: .6 mile round-trip that is appropriate for baby strollers and wheelchairs.  This easy path leads to one of the  best views in the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon North Rim, Zion Park and Bryce are only a short distance from each other making the trio an ideal destination.

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The children's book about a real burro named Brighty is a classic. Kids will love hearing about Brighty and his struggle to bring the killer of his friend to justice. Bring the book alive to kids by taking them on a mule ride in the Grand Canyon. Kids must be at least 7 years old. North Rim mule trips do not go to the river but it's an exciting trip with great views. To contact the North Canyon Trail Rides call:

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