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Spring Break 2019!

Spring Break 2019!

Posted in: Outdoor adventures, Travel on February 28, 2019.

Spring Break is Almost Here

Today is the last day of February, which means spring is officially here next month! And if your life currently revolves around a traditional school schedule, chances are you’re looking forward to Spring Break. If you have elementary school-aged kids, Spring Break is a great excuse to take a mini-vacation and see some sun. If you’re in college, Spring Break is the perfect chance to recover from a long winter semester slog and to prepare yourself for all those finals. So what do you do with those few days of freedom? We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch has some pretty good ideas…

A view of Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands. Photo by Andrew Tanglao via unsplash.com

Start at Moab

Moab is the gateway town for both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Which is perfect if you want to explore two of the coolest geological places in the Western United States. (Fun fact: did you know that Arches National Park has more than 2,000 arches within it’s border?) But Moab is also one of the great outdoor adventure capitals of American Southwest. You can find tons to do – rock climbing, rappelling, Jeeping, slick-rock mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and of course, lots of hiking. We’ve actually written a fairly detailed itinerary for Moab. So if this sounds like your kind of place, check out our more detailed suggestions here.

Looking down at Zion Canyon

The view from Angel’s Landing. Photo by David Straight via unsplash.com

It’s Gotta Be Zion

Zion might be the quintessence Utah experience. And in our opinion, you can never make enough trips to the park. There is always something new to discover there. (Plus, Zion National Park is one of the warmest places in Utah, which makes it perfect for Spring Break.) Have a relaxing meander through the gallery and shops near the park entrance, take the bus ride to the top of Zion Canyon, hang out at the Zion Lodge, or challenge yourself to hike Angel’s Landing. The point is, there’s no wrong way to discover Zion. We have more suggestions on our Three Park Roadtrip Itinerary, if you’re interested in going to Zion for the break. Fair warning though, Zion National Park does get pretty busy during Spring Break. Also, sometimes it rains in March. So plan accordingly.

The Burr trail in Capitol Reef

The Burr Trail switchbacks. Photo by Donald Giannatti via unsplash.com

Capitol Reef and the Wild Places

Even if you only have a glancing familiarity with our blog, you’d know that we’d suggest Capitol Reef National Park. We just love it so much. Honestly, Capitol Reef has everything that an outdoor enthusiast, or group of college friends, would want: lots of sun, great hiking, and plenty of room to explore. Plus there is a great amount of variety in the park. It has everything from narrow slot canyons to breath-taking vistas. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Things To Do in Capitol Reef, in case you need further convincing.

In addition to Capitol Reef, we highly recommend you check out the nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s a fantastic region of true wilderness. Drive the Burr Trail, or take the journey to Calf Creek and hike to the waterfall. It’s the perfect place to get away from all those school worries.

A woman stands in front of an arch

Photo by Jamie Fenn via unsplash.com

Spring Break Awaits

No matter where you choose to vacation this Spring Break, as long as it involves Southern Utah, you’ll have a good time. So get outside, leave those books behind, and enjoy a few days of hiking, exploration, and sunshine.

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