Spring is almost here! And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch are just as excited as you are about it. For us, one of the best parts of spring is the chance to get outside. In Southern Utah the weather is mild, and the sun is staying in the sky longer ever day. If you can get away for a few days, here are some places that we suggest visiting this spring:
Zion National Park – Spring comes early to Zion Canyon. The sheltering walls allow for new growth as the snow in the mountains begins to melt. If you plan to visit Zion this coming month, check out some of our other blog posts on what to do. Be aware that a fee is required for vehicles and pedestrians entering the park. If you have a limited amount of time, it is best to stop at the Visitor Center first. And be sure to take the bus up Zion Canyon.
Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument – This national monument is only a few hours from Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. We at the Lodge are particularly found of Highway 12, which is an exceptional scenic drive. In fact, it was voted the number one scenic road in Utah. If the weather turns out to be uncooperative, a road trip through the monument is still recommended.
Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks – These are two of the more secluded national parks in Utah, and two of our favorites. Bryce is at a higher elevation, and is thus generally cooler. Capitol Reef is much lower, and so it warms up quicker. Depending on what the weather is like in early spring, both locations can be great places to visit. See our other posts to get an idea of what to do in Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.
Moab – Moab is known as ‘”Utah’s Playground.” When you visit Moab, you can explore hundreds of miles of hiking trails, slickrock mountain biking courses, and rappelling spots. In addition, you can visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Of course, these are just some suggestions of the most common places to see in Southern Utah. There are plenty more to be found on your Spring mini-vacation.