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Kid Friendly National Parks in Arizona
We’ve been to several kid friendly National Parks and Monuments in Arizona. The Grand Canyon tends to get all the fame and attention, but there are several other parks and monuments off the beaten path that are worth visiting as well! If you have kids, most parks offer the junior ranger program, which can make your visit and hikes a bit more engaging and meaningful. It’s free or very inexpensive (less than $5) to get a booklet and participate.
When we take our kids to national parks, we usually like to camp at national parks. But, there are often hotels and lodges nearby as well, if you don’t want to rough it!
Tucked way down south along the Mexico border, the Organ Pipe National Monument doesn’t get much traffic. We were there in March and it was already blazing hot, but there was some great kid-friendly hiking. Just keep time of year in mind when planning your visit!
Conveniently located near Tucson, and just a short distance from Phoenix, the Saguaro National Park is a popular park to visit. It’s split into different sections. If you go to the west section, make sure to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, located just outside the park borders.
We haven’t had the chance to visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument, but it looks fabulous! It’s located right off I-17 so it could be a great stop on your way into the Phoenix area from the north. The cliff dwellings can be seen from a short loop trail.
Located right off I-40, the Petrified Forest National Park makes a great stop on your cross-country drive! The park is set up for you to drive to different viewpoints and has a small museum area.
We love the Grand Canyon, but I don’t need to spend more than a couple of days there in one visit. Hiking down into the canyon isn’t feasible for most families with young children. It ends up being a lot of sightseeing and perhaps a couple small hikes along the rim. If you have young children, it might be best to combine a Grand Canyon day trip with some kid-friendly activities in Williams. If you have a little one, check out these tips: Visiting the Grand Canyon with a Baby.