fun things to do with kids in utah   Travel for Kids
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utah landscape
Utah's history begins with dinosaurs that roamed the state 500 million years ago. Prehistoric Fremont and Anasazi peoples carved petroglyphs in the rocks, which kids can see today. The state name comes from the Utes, "people in the mountains." A diverse landscape that challenged 19th century settlers traveling the Mormon Trail, Utah not only has the Great Salt Lake, but snow covered mountains, colorful deserts, mighty rivers, amazing rock formations, and natural stone bridges and arches.
    Northwest Golden Spike
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Arches National Park
kids books utah
Sand to Stone and Back Again utah kids nature  

Gorgeous photographs and poetry capture the seasons of wind and rain, and amazing shapes, colors and textures of  sandstone – winding canyons, spires, hoodoos, caves, arches – everything you'll see in southern Utah. This is a gem! (Picture book)



Find out about Bryce National Park – how amazing rock formations, hoodoos, were formed by water, ice and wind, wildlife (California condor, falcons, pronghorn, prairie dogs, mule deer), forest zones, map, animal tracker, conservation and protecting the park. (Easy reader)


Bryce Canyon National Park
Jennifer Hackett

Explore Bryce Canyon with Ranger Red Fox – wavy rock towers called hoodoos, waterfalls, ancient trees, stargazing, wonderful wildlife, mini-field guide, wildflower tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)


Meet the Wild Southwest
Susan J. Tweit, Joyce Bergen

How do animals survive in the desert and why are there so many rocks and canyons? Geology, plants and animals, ancient peoples of the high desert plateau – awesome chasms, petroglyphs and pictographs, desert song birds, bighorn sheep, ravens, fairy shrimp, rock formations and more. An essential resource with detailed illustrations. (Illustrated chapter book)


childrens books utah Meet the Wild Southwest
locomotive brian floca  
Brian Floca

Ride the rails in 1869, after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Wait in the station for the mighty steam locomotive, clanging, hissing, huffing, smell the smoke and hot metal, day and night, "westward, westward, rolls the train." And learn about the working of steam trains in that era. Fabulous illustrations! (Picture book)



Before you visit Golden Spike NM, kids can read for themselves about the transcontinental railroad – finding a route through the mountains, techniques for building the railroad, race to the finish, and changes in America. (Easy reader)


A is for Arches kids books utah a to z  
A is for Arches
Becky Hall, Katherine Larson

Utah from A to Z in fun facts and quick rhymes, with illustrations that capture its history and natural wonders. “L is for the Great Salt Lake. It’s saltier than all the rest. People float like corks there, and brine shrimp thrive the best.” (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Utah pages)
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