Like so many other reviewers said, it is indeed a HIKE from the parking lot to the actual area from which you can view the river. We were there with an 8 yr old and an 11 yr old. Our trek from the parking lot to the cliffs was long, especially in the blazing mid-day sun. I am pretty sure that there is no bathroom facility at the cliffs. Also, please remember that this can be a very dangerous place because there are no barriers or fences to keep little ones corralled. That said, our kids LOVED it! Like so many other natural wonders in the western US, this is amazing to see in person. Without seriously upgraded photography equipment, it is difficult to photograph the natural beauty and have it look like the photos that you see. I highly recommend using the panoramic function. A side note- I used a Samsung Galaxy S3 and the daylight photos rivaled my Nikon SLR.