Family Fun in the Southwest
There are some things that you just can’t replicate in a classroom: climbing inside a 1,000- year-old cave dwelling, hiking among ancient sequoia trees or through a petrified forest, descending into a 2.7-mile-wide, 550-foot-deep meteor crater and contemplating prehistoric and alien life forms. For families that seek adventure and natural wonders, the Southwest’s primal landscapes will beguile, transfix and make the heart flutter. Children can embrace their inner cowboy as they climb aboard the Grand Canyon Railway, saddle up at a dude ranch or watch the gunslingers at Tombstone.
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Arizona is an otherworldly land that feels plucked straight from a child’s imagination. At every turn, surreal wonders define the moment. There are giant meteor craters, bizarre rock formations, ancient cliff dwellings, gigantic shaggy cacti at Saguaro National Park and the preternaturally beautiful and eternally photogenic Camelback Mountain. Children and teens will redefine their concept of “awesome” at Grand Canyon National Park.
Featured Family Parks
Pleasant Harbor RV Resort
Sentinel Peak RV Park
With its mild climate, iconic national parks and glittering cityscapes, it’s no wonder California is hailed as the quintessential family road trip. Yosemite National Park is a fantasia of deep rivers, ancient sequoia trees, plunging waterfalls and stellar recreation. Within easy reach of San Francisco, children are star-struck by the cavorting seals and migrating California gray whales at Point Reyes National Seashore. Head south for Disneyland, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and more family-friendly destinations.
Featured Family Parks
Anaheim RV Park
Campland On the Bay
San Diego, CA
Mission Bay RV Resort
San Diego, CA
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
Newport Beach, CA
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Viewed from a child’s perspective, Colorado is simply out of this world. The state’s four National Parks: Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison deliver spectacular scenery and a heart-stopping inventory of outdoor adventures. There are historic towns that exude Gold Rush era charms, the tallest sand dunes in North America at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and history lessons through the back door at Mesa Verde National Park, where cliff dwellings inhabited by ancestral Puebloans date back over 1,000 years. A ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, constructed in the 1880s, is one of Colorado’s most popular family activities.
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With its lunar landscapes, towering mountain ranges and the emerald perfection of Lake Tahoe—“the fairest picture the whole Earth affords,” according to Mark Twain—Nevada offers family fun and natural wonders beyond the roulette wheel. There are recreational activities for every age and dispensation at the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Angel Lake and the Great Basin, with their stunning red rocks, snow-capped mountains and abundant rivers, which offer excellent swimming and canoeing. Wheeler Peak (the second highest peak in Nevada at 13,060 feet above sea level) affords novice hikes around Teresa and Stella Lakes.
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With its mystical aura, artsy towns and national parks studded with monuments that speak to the state’s rich Native American history, the Land of Enchantment brings every child’s fantasies to life. At Roswell’s International UFO Museum and Research Center, children can contemplate alien life forms; at Fort Sumner State Monument aspiring young historians will enjoy theatrical renditions of Billy the Kid’s demise (as well as visit his grave); and at Bandelier National Monument, children can hike a 1.2-mile paved loop trail that rises along a cliff face and climb wooden ladders to enter the cavates (or caves) shaped by hand by the ancient Puebloan people. For active families that like to get around on two wheels, New Mexico is as good as it gets, with pretty much the entire state catering to mountain bikers.
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Offering an astonishing array of outdoor pursuits, Utah is one of the nation’s most seductive adventure playgrounds. With its kaleidoscopic rock formations and family-friendly hiking trails, Bryce Canyon combines beauty and accessibility. At Zion National Park, the Junior Ranger Program (available at most national parks) is superb, with a full schedule of morning and afternoon nature activities. Children love hopping on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad, a historic steam train that chugs up the canyon from Provo. Go downhill at the lively ski resort of Park City, where dry, powdery snow yields some of the best skiing in the world.
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