What a great day we had yesterday! About a month ago, my husband decided he wanted to take the kids to Arche’s National Park .
Hiking is a great activity for even the youngest children. Taking short hikes and having a fun destination have always been on the top of my tips when parents want to start their kids with hiking. ( Hiking with Kids ) Now however, I’m totally in love with the guided hike idea!
We made online reservations ahead of time, and met the hiking group at the trail head. Victoria was our tour guide . Here is why I loved hiking with a Ranger:
We stopped every ten minutes or so while she educated us about the everything! With so much stopping, this hike, labeled as strenuous, was really quite leisure.
We didn’t get lost! This trail was not marked. We would not have seen some of the amazing arches if we had not been with Victoria.
The kids fell in love with this tour guide right away! They hiked right up front with her the whole time, and she was so great about it.
She was so smart and taught us a variety of things from the terrain, the climate, the animals, the formations, the history, etc. We learned how to treat the delicate environment, about toads that hibernate three feet under the sand, about how arches are formed, about different layers of rock, how rocks are living and what holds them together! It was such a fun way to learn science!
So, bottom line, if you are nervous about taking your kids hiking, try starting with a guided hike in your area! I promise you won’t regret it. There are so many amazing places to hike in Utah, and we always go to the same few hikes every time we head out. These far away ones however (3 1/2 hour drive) we never consider going to. However, he found this guided tour through the Fiery Furnace, got reservations, and then there was no turning back. It was my job to find reasonable lodging, and I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to spend the money on a hotel. That’s when Wade suggested, what if we just go for the day, rather than stay overnight? Duh! Why didn’t I think of that. I feel like now that we’ve done it once, the possibilities are endless! We could go anywhere in Utah if we wanted, without any special preparation.