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Southern UT in Aug with kids

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We are thinking about a ten day trip in Southern Utah in mid August. We live in coastal SoCal near the ocean, so our summers are not hot most of the time. Real heat is kind of a novelty, in fact. But is it miserably hot? We could probably do the trip in spring break in some future year if August would just be a drag.

We plan to drive from home. We have two boys who will be 4 and 6.5. They are active little guys, not much into hiking for its own sake but love to DO things. We like hiking, so we're trying to think of a trip with destinations that will be fun for all of us. What would be the best destinations for kids this age? We need short hikes and some sense of novelty - not just "going to see a waterfall" but "going to go UNDER the waterfall."

One wrinkle - our younger son is a bit prone to motion sickness. We do OK if he doesn't eat too much and then drive, but we've had some nasty experiences. Are there any particular routes to avoid for motion sick kids?

I'm intrigued by two ideas in particular - a few days rafting on the San Juan, and the canyoneering company in Moab, Desert Highlights, that seems to do some awesome rappelling trips. Does anyone have any recommendation for companies for rafting for very young (4 yo) kids? Does anyone know if Desert Highlights would permit a four year old on its easy trips? Are there other stops that would be great for kids this age - I saw some recommendations for Little Wildhorse Canyon and Antelope Canyon. I think we'd want to get them into a least one slot canyon but not visit so many that they lose the novelty.

If we were to wind up as far east as Moab, are we just going to face a depressing slog back to LA or is there some cool way to break that return trip up? Or is that just too far to drive from LA and back in 10 days? This is not a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us as we aren't TOO far away, so trying to balance fun experience during the trip with reasonable amounts of driving. In theory we could fly to SLC, if that would make for a much better experience.

Thank you - I know this is pretty general but we're in the early phases of fleshing out this idea.

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