Spring break is often synonymous with beach destinations, ocean views, or maybe a visit to Disneyland. It’s no wonder, then, that the state of Utah isn’t the first (or even second) location families think of when making their spring break plans. Surprisingly, though, Utah has a lot more to offer than the “greatest snow on earth.” You just have to know where to look. With that, here are the top five Utah destinations for families during spring break. Time spent at any one of them will definitely create lasting family memories.
Zion National Park
Spring is a great time to visit Zion. March has high levels of precipitation, which means that by the time April rolls around, the wildflowers are starting to bloom. Just be prepared for some variation in the weather. While it stays relatively mild and rarely gets over 90 degrees, the temperature can vary by as much as 30 degrees between day and night.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The weather in Bryce Canyon can run cooler than Zion, but it is perfect for outdoor hiking and sightseeing. And you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss the hoodoo formations. The northern section of the canyon has more hoodoo formations than anywhere in the world.
Arches National Park
If you’ve never been to Arches, you’re missing out on some of the most spectacular rock formations in the world. Be sure and visit Delicate Arch and Double Arch for some spectacular views and a chance for some great photos.
Lake Powell & Glen Canyon
Lake Powell and the surrounding canyon get over 2 million visitors a year but during spring the place is relatively quite. The lake temperature in the spring is still chilly from the snowpack runoff, which keeps many of the boaters away, but it’s still a great place to visit, especially if you’re interested in seeing the new fish spawn.
Dinosaur National Monument
Do you have kids who love dinosaurs? Then the Dinosaur National Monument is where you want to go. Dinosaurs used to roam this park that straddles Utah and Colorado. Here you won’t want to miss the Dinosaur Quarry, a rock wall where you can get up close and personal with the fossilized remains of dinosaurs.