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About Me & My Family

My family and I love road trips. In fact, our annual road trip miles amount to at least 10,000 per year! We love National Parks and any place that is off the beaten path.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
The road (wherever it takes us), of course!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
National Parks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
There are so many to name. We love Alta Ranch Montana. We have so many fun memories of just staying at the ranch. We never left the place and we were never bored!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My daughter got car sick on the way to New Mexico. She puked in every state on the way. I sat in the back and caught the puke in a Ziploc bag for about 8 hours. Once we got to our destination, she was just fine and happy to be there.
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Easter Egg Hunts in Southern Utah

If you're lucky enough to visit beautiful southern Utah during springtime, rest assured your kiddos can also enjoy an Easter Egg hunt at one of these local events.
Check individual websites for details on times and prices.


HC-70, Box 15
Torrey, Utah

Celebrate Easter at Capitol Reef. Kids up to 9 years of age are welcome to participate in the annual Easter egg hunt at the picnic area located .75 miles (1.2 km) south of the Visitor Center. Ripple Rock Nature Center will be open with kid friendly exhibits and fun activities.

reviewed on: January 10 2011

"Avoid the Crowds at this Park"
If you find that your family is alone on a beautiful national park trail, you might be in Capitol Reef National Park.  The only reason that there are lackluster crowds in this park is it is more isolated than Utah’s more famous Utah National Parks and does not get all of the tour buses travelling through.  Do not let the isolation and lack of crowds deter you from this unique area.  This is one place where families can definitely play, unite and enjoy away from it all.

Along highway 24 your family will see amazing red rock formations, Fremont Indian petroglyphs, a pioneer schoolhouse and cabin, and the unique still-active pioneer fruit orchards.  If you travel during harvest season be sure to pick and consume as much fruit (cherries, apricots, peaches, pears and apples) from the orchards as you want while you stay in the orchards.  What a great treat for the kids! Fruit removed from the orchards is charged a fee.  

Be sure to visit the new Capitol Reef visitor’s center right off of highway 24.  There are some great educational and informative displays for the kids.  I still love looking at those relief maps and discovering the surrounding mountains, valleys and rivers.  Sign your kids up for the junior ranger program for some educational fun and add to their collection of badges. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to hit the restrooms since the trailheads along this isolated park are usually just stocked with those awful pit toilets.

If you happen to visit during Easter, as my lucky family has, let your kid’s enjoy the park’s Gifford Farm House’s Easter egg hunt complete with old-fashioned Easter games.  I just loved seeing my son roll Easter eggs, just like I did when I was a child.  The Gifford Farm House also sells unique souvenirs.  Be sure to try on those handmade pioneer bonnets on the little ones – something every little girl needs!

Capitol Reef National Park has some remarkable family friendly hikes to consider if you have the time. Some of my family’s favorite hikes are Chimney Rock, Hickman Bridge and Grand Wash.  There is also the Cassidy Arch hike which is an unbelievable, huge payoff hike, but it is very dangerous for small kids (see my review of this hike for more information).  I would recommend this hike only for experienced hiking families.  If you have time, explore the even less crowded southern area of the park.  One of my favorite viewpoints is the surreal Waterpocket fold along the Muley Twist Road.  Did Mother Nature really do that? Note that 4 wheel-drive is recommended to access this area – great for adventurous families, but be prepared!

In summary, this is a unique national park, not because of the scenery (which is surreal), but because it is not crowded.  Please don’t tell those tour bus companies, my family still likes to be the only ones on the trail.


329 South Highway 123
Brian Head, Utah

Easter Carnival will be at Navajo Lodge with an Easter Egg Hunt. White Egg hunt open to all ages.

435 North Main
La Verkin, Utah

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wanlass Park. It is for children ages 0 - 9 years old. Come witness the modern Easter miracle where candy that took hours to put down will be picked up in seconds!


680 Millcreek Drive
Moab, Utah

The Easter Bunny is coming to town for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Moab! Kids 8 & under can join him at Rotary Park for eggs, candy and prizes for all!

200 North Main St.
Cedar City, Utah

Join the Easter Bunny for Cedar City's "EGG STRAVAGANZA"

663 W 900 S
Hurricane, Utah

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the City will be held just north of Three Falls Park behind the LDS stake center, 677 S 700 W.

314 North 3050 East
Saint George, Utah

The Easter Bunny will be at Jumpin' Jack's as well as many other FUN Activities! Entry price is the same as regular Admissions.