Best Kid-Friendly Utah Hikes

One of my very favorite summer traditions is packing up the kids every Monday morning, picking up Einstein Bagel’s Monday special, and heading up to the mountains to explore!

I’ve compiled a list of some of our go-to Utah hikes and I hope it’s a good resource for you as you plan adventures with your kids!

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All of these hikes are kid friendly. I’ve done them all with my four little kids, usually with a baby on my back and a four, six, and nine year old hiking along. I’ve rated them based on the hiking abilities of my kids. So, moderate means moderately hard for my four year old, therefore it might be super easy for your 11-year-old. Know what I’m saying?

Anyway, I hope you find this list to be helpful. And don’t forget that I post about our adventures daily on instagram @wander_and_scout. I’d love for you to follow along!


SILVER LAKE—Big Cottonwood Canyon–*Easy
This one mile loop is a popular trail around a beautiful lake with areas of shade and sun. It’s a very easy, flat trail with a boardwalk portion of the trail that is stroller/wheelchair accessible. We’ve seen all sorts of different wildlife here. This is a great introductory hike for new little hikers. It’s definitely a popular trail and can be busy on the weekends! Here’s a link with  more info.


BELLS CANYON LOWER RESERVOIR–Mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon–**Moderate**
This 3 mile out and back trail is a great mix of hills, flat areas, and a few switch backs leading to a beautiful reservoir. It’s a great spot to stop and picnic and refuel before heading back down the mountain. There are some beautiful views of the valley from this trail. It can be quite hot in the summer months so I recommend going early so you’ll be hiking in the shade of the mountain, plus you’ll beat the crowds since this is a popular trail.

There are two trailheads for this hike, one is on Wasatch Blvd in Sandy and the Granite Trailhead (the one we did) is at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The parking lot is small and fills up fast but there is additional overflow parking on the right hand side if you continue east as you head toward the canyon.

More info here.


LISA FALLS–Little Cottonwood Canyon–*Easy*
This is a quick and easy 1 mile roundtrip hike takes you uphill to some waterfalls. There are some rocky drop offs at the top so you’ll want to keep a close eye on little ones, but over all it’s a great hike for all ages.

More info here.


BATTLE CREEK FALLS-Pleasant Grove–*Easy*
This is an easy 1.4 mile hike suitable for all ages that leads up to a waterfall. Bring clothes and shoes that can get wet since it’s fun to splash in the falls. This can be a pretty popular hike so it’s best to get an early start on a weekday. It’s also hot in the summer sun, so plan accordingly.

More info here.

STEWART FALLS–Provo Canyon–**Moderate**
This 4.2 mile out and back hike is right by Sundance and Aspen grove and it’s a great one for ambitious little hikers. The uphill trail leads to a beautiful waterfall with sprawling vistas down the canyon.

More info here.


SCOUT FALLS–American Fork Canyon–**Moderate**
This is a breathtakingly beautiful hike at the base of Mt. Timpanogos with groves of aspens, wild flowers, and scenic vistas. The 3 mile round trip hike is best for motivated little hikers and the reward at the top is a rushing waterfall and incredible views. This is the same trailhead as the Mt. Timpanogas hike, so it can be extremely busy on the weekends. I’d definitely recommend going on a week day! Park at the Timpanooke Campground parking lot and take the trail right by the restrooms.

More info here.


BLOODS LAKE–Big Cottonwood Canyon, Guardsman Pass–*Easy*
This is one of my very favorite hikes, especially in July when the wildflowers are showing off. It’s a quick little downhill jaunt to the gorgeous lake surrounded by evergreens. You can bring swimsuits to dip into the freezing cold water or explore around the lake where there’s a rope swing. The elevation is very high so bring a sweater even in the middle of summer just in case it’s chilly. I’d recommend waiting until July for this one since the snow will linger a long time up there.

More info here.

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DONUT FALLS–Big Cottonwood Canyon–*Easy/Moderate*
I’ve honestly never completed this 3.7 mile hike.  I’m usually hiking with all of my kids on a weekday while Dan is at work and I haven’t been able to cross the stream on my own with all the kids. That being said, it’s a beautiful trail that is quite popular so be prepared for crowds on a weekend.

More info here.


CECRET LAKE–Little Cottonwood Canyon–*Easy*
Mid-late July is a gorgeous time to hike this 1.7 mile trail when the wildflowers are in bloom. One important thing to note is that this hike is not accessible until July 1st (or later) when the roads are open. The trail leads up to a pretty little lake great for picnicking.  There is very limited parking and it’s a popular trail so try to visit early on a weekday. There is a free shuttle service offered on weekends from Alta.

More info here.

ROCKY MOUTH TRAIL–Sandy, Utah–*Easy*
This quick and easy uphill trail that begins in a residential area leads to some waterfalls that are fun to explore. Find more info here.

Best Kid-Friendly Utah Hikes

Studio 5 – Kids Culture Through Cuisine


I had so much fun putting together this month’s round up of kid-friendly cultural cuisine.  You can watch it by following the link below. Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement, you guys!

 Studio 5 – Teach Kids Culture Through Cuisine

Studio 5 – Kids Culture Through Cuisine

Kid-Friendly Global Cuisine in Utah

I think one of the very best ways to expose kids to culture is through food! We love taking our kids to traditional Indian restaurants, Vietnamese sandwich shops, Chinese noodle houses, and Middle Eastern shawarma places…you name it. We’ve found that almost every restaurant has something almost every kid will eat since they all have starches ranging from naan to rice to pita bread.

Utah has a surprisingly eclectic restaurant scene with so many great options! Here are a few of our family’s favorites and, as always, I’d absolutely love it if you’d share some of your favorite spots as well.


This little french place is as darling as it is delicious. It’s worth a visit if nothing else just to take a cute picture in front of that bright blue exterior!


The stuffed blueberry french toast was a favorite with my 18 month old who hogged the whole thing. I loved the avocado toast.


Emme was a fan of the raspberry macarons.

This is a little hole-in-the-wall Chinese noodle house where you build your own noodle bowls. There are a bunch of different noodle, meat, broth, and vegetable options and you can “choose your own” hence the name CY Noodle house.


It’s right on State Street in Salt Lake in “China Town” which we will loosely define as such. There’s a fun Asian Market next door that we like to explore too. I took my girls on a little scavenger hunt to find the most unique stuff they could find. Then they got to pick out their favorite Asian candy for dessert. IMG_2305

The bottom dish was my favorite–I think it was called the chow mein bowl with udon noodles, all of the veggies, and chicken. The chicken was so tasty!

There are two locations for this fun new restaurant in Provo. Basically they’re rethinking the taco and filling it with all sorts of global flavors from Korean BBQ to Buffalo Chicken to Thai to traditional carne asada. This place was fresh and such a bargain! Tacos are $2.50 a la cart or you can get a 12 pack that will feed the whole family for $25.


These little Portuguese donuts called malasadas were hot and sticky and fresh and the perfect way to end our taco feast. The chimichurri mac and cheese was another favorite, although my kids weren’t as into it as I was. My kids liked the steak asada tacos with nothing but meat and cheese. The Buffalo chicken tacos are a best seller for grown ups.

La Carreta 
This Peruvian restaurant in Orem was a favorite of mine in college and it’s been fun to take the kids back. The owners are a mother/daughter duo who opened the restaurant 24 years ago. I love supporting small businesses like this!


The Lomo Saltado is my personal favorite–it’s basically a steak dish mixed with veggies and french fries served with rice.


My kids loved the Salchipapas which is a traditional dish (seriously though!) of grilled, sliced hot dogs with french fries. (:


This fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant with locations in Murray, Sugarhouse, and Farmington Station. They serve fresh, healthy great quality food. My personal favorite is the Pesto Chicken with Artichokes over couscous with tons of grilled veggies added. The shawarma salad and the wraps are also delish!


Our kids loved the flat bread pizza and shawarma plate.


I’m saving the best for last here. We are obsessed with Oh Mai and eat at this Vietnamese sandwich shop way too often! They have fresh ingredients and bold flavor and it’s


The glazed honey pork rice bowl is our go-to for the kids–it’s basically just grilled pork, with rice and some cucumbers on the side.


My six-year-old loves the pho, but she’s definitely a more adventurous eater than my other kids.


It’s an order at the counter kind of casual place and the food is super cheap–less that $5 for the sandwhiches and $6.95 for the rice bowls and pho.


Dan loves the glazed honey pork bahn mi and my newest favorite is the garlic ribeye bahn mi. Mmm…it’s so flavorful!

I hope this restaurant round-up helps you find some new spots your family will love. Few things make me as happy as watching my kids experience new culture through food!



Kid-Friendly Global Cuisine in Utah