KSL Studio 5 Utah National Parks Bucket List

Ideas for Visiting the National Parks at Spring Break

Capitol Reef National Park

Spring Break is upon us in Utah, which means road trip season to southern Utah with the national parks as favorite destinations.

Recommendations for Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks

Here is a short list of places we recommend visiting at Utah’s national parks. This isn’t a complete list but if you could only visit one or two places, we think this list is worth adding to plans.

Be Prepared

With all the snow we’ve received this winter in Utah and throughout the west, popular spring break destinations may not be quite the same as travelers are accustomed to. Planning accordingly will be important to assure a successful trip. Southwest Utah is currently at 227 percent of normal snowfall, the most in the state. Many of the traditional playgrounds for spring break could still be under snow.

Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks

Here are a few recommendations for hiking trails and other things to do.

Canyonlands Island in the Sky

The Canyonlands Island in the Sky visitor center is located 30 miles from Moab on SR-313. Near the visitor center is a view worth seeing. From the visitor center walk across the road and hike down to the rim where you’ll be treated with spectacular views of the Shafer Trail and canyon below, La Sal Mountains to the east and Dead Horse Point. There is high exposure and no rails for those who might be squeamish of heights.

Mesa Arch is a short relatively easy half-mile (1 mile out and back) hike to the rim where the arch is located. If the parking lot is full, I keep going and stop here on the way back. I never pass it up if there’s an available spot.

Upheavel Dome is a moderate 1.5 miles out and back hike to a site that is believed to be either a meteor impact crater or salt dome.

Grand View is the last stop on the road, as far as it goes. There is a short walk to the main viewing area with 1.8 miles out and back trail you can take. The views from here are, Grand! Just beyond this point, out of view, is the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. It’s approximately 45 miles to Moab from here.

Visit Arches National Park Dead Horse Point State Park Canyonlands in a Day – ROADTRIPPINwithBobandMark


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