Hikes for the First Day of Spring
Posted in: Nature, Outdoor adventures on March 20, 2021.
The Cure for Spring Fever
Today is the first day of spring! Which means it’s officially time to get back outside. If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to get out and hit the trails. And it just so happens that we have a couple of trail suggestions for you to check out. These are some of our favorite hikes in Southern Utah, to explore during the spring time, they’re all pretty easy, and they’re all amazing.
Timber Creek Overlook | Zion National Park
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. We talk about Kolob Canyon in our deep dive on Zion, which you can read here.) 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 those marvelous views.
Panorama Point | Capitol Reef
This is another super easy overlook trail, located just outside of the Capitol Reef visitor center. Park in the dedicated lot, and stroll up the hill to the lookout point. The views of the the red cliffs, the geological folding of the earth, and the high-desert mesas are spectacular. Then, as a bonus, drive a little further up the same road until you reach Gooseneck Canyon trail. Another super easy hike, with a huge payoff! You can also check out this post for more ideas of what to do in Capitol Reef.
Mesa Arch | Canyonlands National Park
Located in the Island in the Sky section of the park, Mesa Arch is one of the most popular hikes in Canyonlands. 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! And of course, check out our in depth post on Canyonlands here.
Time to Hike!
There you have it. Three really simple, really easy hikes to help you get outside and enjoy the best of the new season.