Utah might be best known for its incredible outdoor destinations and range of activities that beckon adrenaline junkies. But it can also be a family-friendly destination. However, planning an outdoor adventure with kids can get complicated. Besides finding villas in Torrey UT to accommodate your family, you’ll also need to look for activities that are appropriate for their age and abilities.
If you have multiple kids of different ages, finding a hike to keep everyone entertained but that won’t be too challenging for your younger little ones can be tough. You’ll also need to coordinate, pack, or reserve any equipment and gear your family will need during your outdoor adventure.
Do the extra challenges mean that you shouldn’t bring kids along for an outdoor vacation? Definitely not. In fact, studies have proven that spending time outdoors can have numerous, long-lasting benefits for children. You’ll help them build confidence, inspire their imaginations, teach them responsibility, and more.
However, it does mean that you’ll need to do a little extra planning and preparation to make sure that everyone, regardless of their age, is happy and healthy during your outdoor adventure. Keep reading for a few tips to help you do just that, and how to find the best kid-friendly Torrey accommodation.
Research Activities and Trails Ahead of Time
As a parent, you’re already used to planning ahead to make sure you have time to get from soccer practice to ballet and still be able to feed your little ones somewhere in there. The same pre-planning is necessary before any outdoor adventure as well.
If you plan to do some hiking, research trails ahead of time. Don’t just look at the trail’s length and elevation either; look for reviews from real hikers. Find out whether there are hazards like cliffs that you won’t be comfortable taking your children near.
Always Carry Snacks and Extra Water
It’s a given that you’ll need to pack water, even if you’re only planning for short hikes. But it’s a good idea to take this tip one step further and pack extra water and a few simple trail snacks.
You never know when a delay might occur. Maybe you find an overlook or spot to rest and decide to stay for a while. Or you find that your children are eager to hike further than you originally planned. Either way, you’ll be grateful to have thought ahead so you won’t run out of water. And those snacks will come in handy when little tummies start to rumble.
Get Kids Involved in the Hike
If your kids already enjoy hiking, that’s great! But if they’re new to the sport, and depending on their age, they might not take to long, quiet walks through the woods. Once the newness of the scenery wears off, boredom may set in faster than you’d expect.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get kids engaged and help them enjoy the hike. If you have time before your trip, look up common plants and trees that are likely to be found on your hike. Print pictures or purchase a guidebook and learn a little about them. Then, during your hike, remind your kids to be on the lookout. They’ll love the search and the excitement of finding the plants they’ve learned about.
Singing songs or playing simple games like “I Spy” is also great for preventing boredom. If all else fails, give your child a “job.” Make them the leader, and tell them that they have to keep everyone else on the trail. Designate them as “water keepers” and instruct them to remind the group to drink water regularly. You could even give out titles like “wildlife watch” to keep your children’s eyes open and watch for common critters on the trails.
Break Up Hiking Days
If you plan to do more than one long day of hiking during your vacation, it’s best to plan a day in between to do something else. That way your kids–and you–have a chance to recover.
Plan a day of rest at Cougar Ridge in the middle of your trip. At the best villas in Torrey UT, you’ll not only enjoy comfortable accommodations with room for your whole family, but a variety of on-site amenities, like hot tubs, campfires, and our resident ranch animals. Go for a family walk and visit with our llamas, or plan an evening of stargazing or roasting marshmallows around the fire. This is a great way to take a break from hiking and to create some amazing memories with your little ones.
Planning a Family-friendly Outdoor Adventure
Southern Utah is the perfect destination for all ages to enjoy together. Whether your family is just passing through or planning a week of hiking, bringing your children along, even if they are young, is a great way to start inspiring a love of nature and the outdoors.
One final tip for planning an outdoor adventure when you have kids along is to give yourself some room to stretch out. Rather than staying in a hotel where you’ll be in close quarters, look for alternative Torrey accommodations; like Cougar Ridge. Our private villas in Torrey UT each feature two bedrooms with plenty of space for your whole family to enjoy.
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