9 Places To Stop On A Utah Parks Spring Break Roadtrip
Canyonlands National Park- there are 4 areas, but we suggest the Needles district or Island in the Sky if you’re short on time.
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Mesa Arch- an iconic scenic view with short hike in the Island in the Sky district.
Cave Spring Trail- in the Needles District. 0.6 mile loop with caves, ladders, and historic markers.
Pull off at any of the overlooks for views and signs with information about the area throughout any of the districts.
Newspaper Rock- located along UT 211 in Horseshoe Canyon. Dating back to 2,000 BC!
Arches National Park- just north of Moab, UT, this park is home to the World’s most natural sandstone arches in one area.
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Check out and marvel at Balanced Rock, standing at 128 feet tall.
Landscape Arch- an easy 2 mile out and back trail to a 290 foot spanning arch.
Sand Dune Arch Trail- 0.3 walk through the sand, great for kids and photo ops!
Delicate Arch- climb to the overlook OR hike the 3 mile round trip trail to stand underneath the 52 foot freestanding iconic arch.
Natural Bridges National Monument- worthy of a stop between Arches and Capitol Reef.
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Hiking trails or overlooks to multiple bridges made by natural elements.
Capitol Reef National Park- an oasis in the desert where early settlers made home in the 1800s.
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Hike through canyons and underneath the red rock. Sulphur Creek and Hickman Bridge Trail are both great!
Check out buildings and remnants of the early settlers.
Horse back ride or just visit the animals and farm area.
Find lots of locations for great photography!
Bryce Canyon National Park- one of the only places in the world where you can find HooDoos!
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A Hoodoo is a pinnacle, spire or odd-shaped rock left standing by the forces of erosion.
Some of them are massive!
Drive the 38 mile scenic drive and stop at any of the 13 overlooks for amazing views.
Depending on the time of year and weather, you just might find snow at Bryce!
Walk along the canyon rim on the Rim Trail OR venture into the canyon on the Queen’s Garden Trail.
Walk through the Queen’s Garden entrance and be entranced by the red rock all around.
Kanarraville Slot Canyon & Falls- stop to hike through the slot canyon, through a creek, up and down ladders and slide down the waterfall.
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Zion National Park- one of the most famous parks in the World, Zion is a must see!
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Hike the easy 1 mile out and back Canyon Overlook Trail for your first glimpse of the park.
Be sure to hike Emerald Pools. Water flow depends on the time of year but beautiful all the same.
Angels Landing- a 2.5 mile hike up a 1,488 foot rock formation.
A narrow trail next to steep drop offs. Use the chains and hand holds for support.
The Narrows- a water hike through Zion Canyon and the Virgin River. Only open during certain months of the year.
Kolob Canyons- a separate section of Zion NP. Beautiful scenic drive and much less crowded.
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Taylor Creek Trail- an easy 5 mile round trip past abandoned log cabins and through red rock.
After crossing the creek a few times, you’ll end at Double Arch Alcove (great places for lunch) before turning around to hike out.
Meadow Hot Springs- a great pit stop to soak and relax. 3 different pools to choose from.
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