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Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with your children can be an especially rewarding experience, and is an excellent way for everyone to learn about the park's geology, plants, and animals, as well as to appreciate the unequaled beauty of nature.

However, the park is in a rural area, and nearby communities offer the basics but little else. There are no major chain grocers or discount stores, and although you will be able to buy items such as baby food and disposable diapers, you may not find the variety that you're used to. Parents should have a good supply of these items with them, stocking up in larger communities such as Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, or St. George. Carry any prescription drugs you might need, and make sure you have phone numbers for your doctor and pharmacist.

Bryce Canyon is a fantasyland that kids love -- even teenagers trying their hardest to be bored will have a great deal of trouble not being fascinated by the bizarre and whimsical stone shapes that are the essence of this park. Among the best trails for kids are Queen's Garden Trail and Navajo Loop Trail, which are not only fairly easy, but lead to some of the park's best hoodoos. Teenagers with a bit more stamina will probably enjoy the 8-mile Fairyland Loop.

During the summer, children can join the Junior Rangers, participate in a variety of programs, and earn free patches. Junior Rangers booklets are available at the visitor center. In addition, park rangers periodically conduct special kids' activities -- usually lasting about an hour -- on subjects such as the park ecology. Reservations are required; contact the visitor center for information.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.