February is wrapping up, the last of the season’s snow storms are passing, and we at the Lodge are thinking about spring. And with spring comes the chance to get back outside. If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to get out and hit the trails. These are some of our favorite hikes in Southern Utah to explore in the spring time, they’re all easy, and all amazing:
Timber Creek Overlook in Kolob Canyon – this is a short, easy one-mile hike at the top of the spectacular Kolob Canyon. (Kolob Canyon is part of Zion National Park, but it’s accessed via exit 40 on I–15.) The drive up the canyon is a winding ride among red cliffs. And at the top is Timber Creek Overlook. Park at the trailhead, stroll to the end of the trail, and enjoy the marvelous views.
Cathedral Valley Overlook Trail in Capitol Reef – this is another super easy overlook trail, but it’s a little harder to get to. Take the Cathedral Valley Loop Road (make sure you have a high-clearance vehicle, and that the roads aren’t muddy) to the trailhead. Once there, hike to the glorious view of the cathedrals rising solemnly from the desert floor. (They kinda look like they’re on parade.) It’s an easy, half-mile hike with lots of payoff.
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park – located in the Island in the Sky section of the park, Mesa Arch is one of the most popular hikes. It’s also one of the best. Again, it’s an easy one-mile with little elevation change. And it will take you to one of the most iconic overlooks in the Western United States. Look through Mesa Arch, snap lots of pictures, and enjoy!
There you have it. Three really simple, really easy hikes to help you get outside and enjoy the best of the new season.