Hidden Canyon Trail

East of The Great White Throne tucked away is Hidden Canyon which is a stunning “hanging canyon” that visitors can explore. This hike is pretty cool cause depending on how far you want to explore into the canyon, it can last from 3-6 hours. It offers beautiful views and good obstacles to overcome. This is a more strenuous hike and is not suggest for the faint of heart or those who are afraid of heights. The trail climbs the east side of the canyon, access to the trailhead starts at Weeping Rock Trailhead.

Hidden Canyon Trail
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The beginning of the trail will start with a few uphill sand covered switchbacks, as you get to the top of minor saddle the trail will then follow the canyon wall where helpful chains have been set in place for hikers safety. Eventually it will descend into a little shaded valley. Now for the fun part of the trail, there will be sandstone carved steps that lead up to an exposed ledge where more chains have been set in place for hikers to hold onto. This section can be quite scary for those afraid of heights! There will be a path that has been carved into the sandstone wall as well.

After conquering that section you will have officially reached Hidden Canyon, be careful as you cross over the stream bed for there are potholes that are filled with water. This is technically where the trail ends, but you can keep on hiking around for about another mile and explore beyond the trails end. If you decide to hike on, there will be plenty of overgrown gardens, mossy covered rocks, and there is even a small arch to be found.

The more you hike in the more the trail has to offer. There’s so much to be seen on this trail and it can be a lot of fun with the right crowd of friends!

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Tips For Staying In A Hotel With Kids

Staying in a hotel with little ones can be quite stressful and at times it seems nearly unbearable. Trying to keep them entertained, safe and just plain happy in a hotel is pretty hard at times. So we have compiled a list of tips to make your next stay in a hotel with children a little more bearable.

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Kid Proofing

This is especially helpful if you have toddlers and babies. Baby proof or kid proof the room the moment you arrive. Pack a few electrical outlet covers, table corner covers, and lots of disinfectant. Inspect the room for anything dangerous that your child could injure themselves on and move it out of reach. Doing a complete once over of a hotel room could help in keeping the kids safe.

Set Up

Get everything set up for your stay. This means having diapers out and available so you’re not digging through your luggage trying to find one after an accident. Get a feeding station and play area set up. Get the bathroom all set up as well. Hotels are like mini homes away from home, so make yourself and your kids as comfortable as possible before you head out to explore. This will make your life a lot easier when it comes to getting everyone dressed and ready, fed, bathed, etc.

Book A Suite

With kids it can be very frustrating, cramped and just plain uncomfortable to be stuck in a regular sized hotel room. Kids have a lot of energy and are going to be moving around and not stuck in one place, so the more space the better! Also, keeping the stay as close to a home feeling as possible will make a world of difference.

Stay Organized And Clean

Staying in a little room can be very chaotic especially with the whole family. Staying organized and cleaning up (making beds, putting dirty clothes back in suitcases, etc) will help maintain the sanity in the room.

Always Latch

Kids love to explore and get out, and hotel rooms don’t allow you to lock yourselves in. Kids can be sneaky and escape fairly easy, so be sure to use the latch to keep them locked in as best as you can.

Hopefully these tips will help you on your next trip with your kiddos!