Happy Saturday! Now let me preface this post is in NO WAY comprehensive, in fact it is maybe as far from it as you can get, but I had so many DMs and questions about our three-day weekend in Southern Utah I thought I’d share how we made the trip a little more doable for our family of 5 which includes a 10 month old baby who naps 3-4 times a day. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent its that you just have to lower your expectations. Trying to jam pack too much in is recipe for disaster, and even jamming just a little bit might throw somebody over the edge. But now with hindsight I see that we were able to accomplish so much while pushing the boys a little bit further than they’re comfortable and we saw some amazing things! Our pace for this trip was adventuring during the day, swimming at the hotel in the late afternoon and then dinner and essentially a movie in bed and lights out after that. So let’s jump in.
We stayed in Green River which is about 30-45 minutes from Arches, Dead Horse Point and Goblin Valley National Parks. So we were able to have a homebase without switching hotels and as I said covered lots of ground!
- Goblin Valley State Park. This place is an absolute must for all ages, but especially a win with young kids. It was full of cars but you still feel like youre the only ones there, and it feels like you’re on another planet. You can get as strenusou or as easy a pace as you want and there are hikes in the canyons, places to repel, picnic areas and campgrounds.
’47 Brand Hats – they’re my favorite! I love the plain ones but you can find your team for sure.
Contigo Kids 3 Pack — perfect for babies, too! I had Raleigh in Kickee Pants because it was sort of chilly and I didn’t want to worry about sunscreening everything!
2. Arches National Park. When the boys are older I will totally be back and we’ll do more hikes and more days but we made our big push for Delicate Arch and then they were totally done hiking the rest of the trip, so we were cool with that! Delicate Arch is so incredible and was such an accomplishment for us. We pushed them and they rose to the challenge (not without complaints) Of course there are a million beautiful things to do in Arches, but we saw a lot of sites while driving through a devoted all our energy to Delicate.
Those hiking shoes in action, and a caterpillar they found and named Delicate Pikachu.
- We played this third day by ear knowing the boys were gonna be spent after Delicate. And they were. They wanted no part of hiking so Dead Horse Point was it. You drive a ways and then you walk very minimally but the view is spectacular. And terrifying, like bring a leash if you have a fearless wandering toddler. We had three days of unreal views but Dead Horse is maybe the craziest place I’ve ever been. 1,000 foot drops with views of 10-15 million years of ice and wind erosion creating the most intricate canyons and cliffs anywhere.
Raleigh’s Star Natives // Espadrilles // Denim jacket I had custom embroidered.
Here’s some items we brought along that were helpful for us!
With red rock sand, water and lots of slick rock I knew I would need something with tread but didn’t want to invest in an actual hiking shoe. We don’t go often enough for that purchase to be warranted, but these Adidas sneakers are $55 and did awesome! You can take them through whatever terrain and they had awesome tread. Lightweight and easy to travel with! I also loved these shorts. Bikers underneath and loose on top. I always feel like I am going to get a hole in my regular leggings so these were my shorts of choice for hikes!
For the boys we love these Tsukihoshi brand. I am sure there’s lots of great brands out there but these are lightweight, cute and I love that they have pull cords or velcro closures. The boys were in and out of shoes all weekend long – shaking out dirt and sand, walking through puddles – and I didn’t have to stop to help them.
Micro Scooters. We bring these everywhere. Rode them to dinner one night, got wiggles out at gas stops along the way, its just an easy fun addition! I am seriously thinking about getting an adult one. They’re so fun.
Osprey Poco – We’ve had this carrier for awhile and love it! It’s so easy to adjust, super breathable and make sure you get a sunshade or rain shade and you’ll be golden. We don’t have this but it looks freaking genius for toddler aged kids! Its the Piggyback Rider with a foot bar — can anyone vouch for it?
What are your musts for traveling and outdoor adventuring with kids? Let me reiterate, I am no expert but these things have worked great for us and hope this answers some questions!!