Grand Canyon June family trip

Mar 28th, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Well, there isn't a big difference in a 200ft fall or a 2000ft fall. Either way is most likely going to be fatal. Just two days ago a 60 year old woman died from a fall on a cliff section right near where we had been hiking in Arkansas this past weekend. I just don't see how it could have happened, but it did. I was mainly trying to make my point that statistically speaking you can die from a fall about anywhere. Also my point was- that for me, I would be just as concerned hiking the rim at the GC or even Emerald Pools as I would be AL.

Far more have drowned in The Narrows than anything else in the park(pay attention to the weather, just like you do the dropoffs of a cliff).

Actually, you are probably more likely to die in a car wreck going to/from the park than anything else. Again, not all hikes are for everyone. I will say that Angels Landing and The Narrows are two very good hikes/adventures.

I do agree that there are far more 6 years olds that shouldn't make or couldn't make it up AL than those that could or want to attempt it.
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Mar 29th, 2012, 12:59 AM
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With just a week I would stick to the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce and maybe Lake Powell since it's on the way from the S. Rim to the the other two parks.

For first timers to the Grand Canyon, I like to suggest the S. Rim because IMHO the views are better and there are more over looks to go to. Walking along the rim is great and when you or the children get tired, you just pick up the shuttle bus to go on to the next overlook or go back.

When we did the float trip out of Page, AZ on the Colorado River there was a 5 year old in our raft and he LOVED it! We did the all day boat tour on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument when our boys were in your children's age range. They loved it!

There are many trails along the rim in Bryce that your children should be able to do. When our oldest was 3 1/2 he did the Queen's Garden in Bryce. When our youngest was 3 he did the upper Emerald Pools hike in Zion. The Riverside walk is two miles round trip and wheel chair accessible so it's easy. Weeping rock an short easy hike. I wouldn't take my boys on Angels Landing at your kids ages but that is just me. You can play in the Virgin River in Zion near the visitor center/campgrounds.

The weather can get hot in mid June. If it is, plan your hiking early morning or late afternoon. Lake Powell will probably be the hottest followed by Zion and then the South Rim. The North Rim and Bryce are at higher elevations and won't be as hot. We always had to go in summer when the boys were in school....just bite the bullet and do will have fun!

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Mar 29th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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II haven't done it, but the tubing just outside the park might be good (if the water isn't to high)
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Mar 30th, 2012, 12:10 AM
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Our boys loved tubing the Virgin River in Zion when they were that age. The park has since banned tubing in the park but as spirobulldog mentioned, you can tube just outside the park.

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