Utah's Big Five National Parks

Adventuring with Kids

  • 192 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-114-7
  • Oct 23, 2017

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  • All activities certified “kid tested” by the authors’ four rambunctious sons
  • Each includes best hikes, mountain bike routes, features to climb on, places to see wildlife, and more
  • Natural history learning opportunities also included
The parents of four boys, Harley and Abby McAllister have spent the last few years figuring out the best way to explore our national parks with restless kids in tow. These first two books in this new series help families plan their vacations in Yellowstone National Park and in Utah’s “Big Five” national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion)—so that everyone has a memorable trip.

With an easy to follow organization based on park geography, an emphasis on outdoor fun and education, and an approach that zeroes in on the very best options for families, each guide fully explores the national park it covers. Family-friendly hiking trails for a range of age and skill levels; major natural sights, ; the best wildlife viewing spots, including wildlife checklists for kids to mark off; fishing, biking, climbing, and rafting opportunities—and much more are all detailed. The guides also promote the popular Junior Ranger programming found throughout the National Parks system, as well as other park programs that appeal to kids. And they provide basics on access, trip planning, and overnight options from campgrounds to lodges to cabins.


  • 192 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-68051-114-7
  • Oct 23, 2017

See co-authors Harley and Abby McAllister  talk about having a successful family vacation at a national park. The McAllisters have four sons who have been camping and hiking with  their parents as long as they've been alive. Learn many tips for keeping kids engaged and having fun.

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