Places to Visit in the Southwest in the Spring

Spring in the Southwest offers plenty of activities for nature lovers, history buffs, or a food enthusiasts. We’ve created a list of places to visit in the Southwest in the spring to enjoy spectacular vistas and unique experiences!

The weather in the Southwest during the spring months means lots of sunny blue skies, with occasional light rain. The mornings and evenings can be chilly in early spring so layers are important.

places to visit in the US Southwest in the Spring

Remember, the weather can vary across different regions in the Southwest, so it’s advisable to check local forecasts so you can pack the right clothing and gear for the conditions expected for the dates of your trip.

We’ve asked our travel friends to share their favorite US Southwest vacation ideas and places to visit in the spring in these states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Utah.

The key to enjoying your Southwest USA spring vacation is being prepared with the right clothing and gear for the activities you want to do! Grab your free spring packing list printable by clicking the image below!

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Packing for a Spring Vacation in the US Southwest

When planning a Southwest USA road trip, ensuring you have the right supplies can make all the difference.

Here’s a quick checklist of road trip accessories to get you started:

  1. Navigation tools: A good old-fashioned map and a reliable GPS device are essential when driving through the Southwest. Remember, internet signal in remote desert areas can be spotty at best!
  2. Car essentials: Keep your car in check with a spare tire, jumper cables, and some basic tools. Also, don’t forget your driver’s license, car insurance, and registration documents.
  3. Safety equipment: A first-aid kit, sunscreen, and a flashlight are non-negotiable. In the desert, temperatures can drop drastically at night, so pack some warm clothing too.
  4. Food and water: Pack enough water and non-perishable road trip snacks and Food to last a few days. It’s better to be prepared, especially when traveling through isolated areas.
  5. Entertainment: Lastly, don’t forget some road trip games, a good book or two, and some music playlists to keep you entertained during those long drives.

Here’s a quick list of what to bring on a day hike when visiting the Southwest in the spring!

It’s important to stay hydrated since the US Southwest is a dry, desert environment. Due to the dry climate, you’ll also want lip balm and lotion!

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American Southwest map of places to visit in the spring

Map of Southwest Places to Visit in the Spring

Here is a map of spring vacation spots in the Southwest to help you plan your travel itinerary! This map indicates the various places to visit in the region during the spring months of March, April, and May.

We recommend the GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the-scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location as you drive through the state!

Places to Visit in the Southwest in the Spring

For this article, we’ve asked our travel friends to share their favorite places to visit in the spring in these Southwest states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Utah.

After reading about all these fun locations to visit, you’ll find yourself ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the American Southwest!

Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Spring

One of the best places to visit in the US southwest in the spring is Albuquerque, New Mexico! Whether you have a week to spend in Albuquerque, or you’re on a fun adventure like a Denver to Albuquerque road trip, you’ll love this charming southwest city.

This region of New Mexico around Albuquerque is considered high desert, where you’ll see varying temperatures. In March, the average high in Albuquerque is 64 and low is 36, and April it warms up to an average of 72 and low of 42. It’s not uncommon to see rain or snow, so plan accordingly.

Be sure to spend some time in the historic downtown square, Old Town Albuquerque. You’ll find museums, street vendors selling artisan crafts, amazing restaurants and so much more. The ABQ BioPark includes a zoo, garden and is situated on the Rio Grande River.

For outdoor adventures, consider hiking at the nearby Bandelier National Monument, where you can explore cavates, which are ancient dwellings carved into the hillside. You can also take a gondola up over 6,000 feet in elevation, which is the 3rd longest tramway in the world.

Albuquerque is the quintessential Southwestern city in the USA, and it’s perfect for springtime adventures! (Recommended by Nikki, Inspired Routes)

Places to Stay in Albuquerque

Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas in the Spring

Spring is a fantastic time to visit Austin for several reasons. First, the weather is pristine- a warm retreat from the cold winter without the excessive summer heat. Also, the natural beauty of Texas shines in the spring months as beautiful flowers blossom. For example, spend some time exploring the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  

Enjoy an afternoon at Zilker Park for the outdoor enthusiast, where you can picnic, bike, walk, or canoe. Check out Barton Springs Pool or paddle at Lady Bird Lake in warmer spring months. 

Austin has an impressive food scene, especially on South Congress Ave. Explore this main drag in town and check out some of the best local restaurants, shops, and live music. In addition, Austin hosts SXSW, a major film and music festival, in March. If you aren’t attending the festival, I would avoid visiting Austin during this time as hotel rates significantly increase. 

Lastly, if you have extra time, head out to the Texas Hill Country to catch sight of the majestic bluebonnets. (Recommended by Rebecca, Fab 5 Family Travel)

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Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park in the spring

Big Bend National Park in the Spring

Visiting Big Bend National Park in the spring is an unbeatable experience. With daytime temperatures usually in the 70s, this season offers the perfect weather for exploring this vast national park. In addition to the great weather, spring is the perfect time to see the beautiful wildflowers in the park including the cactus blossoms and bluebonnets.

Big Bend has three main geographical areas: the Chisos Basin, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande River. Each offers unique experiences and wildlife.

The Chisos Mountains have fantastic hiking trails and opportunities for wildlife viewing. You’ll also find plenty of great desert hikes to choose from in the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.

If you’re up for an adventure, consider a float trip on the Rio Grande or even a quick visit across the border to Mexico for a delicious lunch.

No matter what your travel style is, as long as you’re eager to explore the great outdoors, Big Bend National Park is a great place to visit! (Recommended by Caitlin, Twin Family Travels)

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Bryce Canyon hoodoos
Bryce Canyon hoodoos

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah in the Spring

Bryce Canyon in spring is a must-visit spot in the US Southwest. Surrounded by tall, red rock formations called hoodoos, it feels like being in a huge, natural sculpture garden.

Visiting Bryce Canyon in early spring is a sight to behold, with the rock hoodoos blanketed in snow and the alpine forests rich and full of life. In late spring, Bryce Canyon transforms as the snow melts away, revealing the striking red hoodoos in all their glory. 

In spring, early mornings are quite cool at the canyon, around 30°F. Though, it gets warmer in the afternoons, up to about 60°F. Dressing in layers is a smart choice to comfortably adapt to these temperature shifts throughout the day.

You’ll find a variety of Bryce Canyon spring activities to enjoy. A great way to start your day is by watching the sunrise at Sunrise Point. The rocks look all the more beautiful in the early morning light.

There are trails of different levels to enjoy the beauty of the park. The Rim Trail is an easy one with some great views. Try the Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden Trail, if you want to go deeper into the canyon and have ample time. For a quieter path, check out the Fairyland Loop. It’s a bit longer and harder, but it’s peaceful and beautiful.

Bryce Canyon is also a great place for stargazing. The experience is extra special during the week leading up to the new moon and the week of the new moon itself when the sky is at its darkest.

If you are into photography, Bryce Canyon is perfect for you. You can capture some great Bryce Canyon pictures of the red rocks against the blue sky. And if it rains (spring brings rains), you might even see a rainbow over the canyon.

The park is open all through the year, and spring is less crowded than summer. There are different places to stay, from cabins to hotels, near the park. (Recommended by Anjali, Travel Melodies)

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Coachella Valley in the spring
Coachella Valley in the spring

Coachella Valley, California in the Spring

While some might not consider Southern California part of the American Southwest, I definitely do. This area, known for its special blend of cultures and sunny scenery, represents the Southwest’s vibe.

I grew up in the Coachella Valley – and while there’s so much more to see than the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, they bring hundreds of thousands of people to the valley every Spring.

If you can, rent a car. Take the day slowly, working your way up to Palm Springs on Highway 111. Palm Springs itself is worth the visit. But if you love the outdoors, you’ll want to add Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon to your list.

Palm Canyon is another site to see. It’s a literal oasis that gives you a sense of what this land looked like before modern development.

Once you’re done hiking for the day, treat yourself to a few hours at Sunstone Spa inside Agua Caliente Casino. It’s the #2 spa in California, and #3 across the United States.

If you have time for the East Valley (or if you can’t get to Palm Springs), check out Ladder Canyon in the Mecca Hills wilderness. (Recommended by Brittany, Teach Blog Travel)

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The Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Colorado Springs, Colorado in the Spring

Sitting near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is an excellent choice for a springtime destination. The city has plenty of activities to enjoy, from exploring the area’s outdoor adventure, historic attractions, to getting a feel for the city’s shopping scene.  

Springtime in Colorado Springs brings in fewer visitors than the summer months, making it a great time for those hoping to avoid the crowds. The spring also brings milder weather to enjoy all of Colorado Springs’ many outdoor attractions, with an average daytime temperature around 60 degrees.

A top activity in Colorado Springs during the spring is hiking. The trails have begun to fill with wildflowers, adding even more beauty to the area’s natural landmarks. Hiking the Garden of the Gods should be on your list with many easy and accessible hikes surrounding red rock formations.

White water rafting is another top activity in the late spring, with melting snow causing stronger currents and creating a more thrilling experience. You will also want to make a stop at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings where you can walk through ancient cliff dwellings of the Puebloan people or go mineral spring hunting in nearby Manitou Springs.

If you are looking for some shopping or nightlife, head to downtown Colorado Springs. Whatever activities you choose to enjoy, springtime in Colorado Springs is sure to delight with its mild weather and natural beauty. (Recommended by Melissa, Navigation Junkie)

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Death Valley
Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park, California in the Spring

Death Valley National Park is one of the best places to spend springtime in the Southwestern United States, with beautiful wildflowers and warm, clear weather- before the sweltering heat of the summer sets in!

There’s tons of things to do in Death Valley National Park, no matter what kind of traveler you are. For example, if you’re looking for a more relaxed activity, head to the Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, one of the best places in the park to see vibrant wildflowers—and killer sunrises—in the park.

If you’re a more adventurous traveler looking to hike, the Golden Canyon hike offers incredibly unique scenery with swirling badlands—in fact, the scenery is so unique that it was used as a filming location in the original Star Wars movies.

While the temperatures at this California National Park in the spring are much more pleasant than the summer, it can still get quite warm, with average highs in the low 90s starting in April. So remember to start outdoor adventure early or later in the afternoon to beat the heat and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. (Recommended by Jess of Uprooted Traveler)

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Southwest National Parks in the Spring

Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada
Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada

Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada in the Spring

If you’re looking for a quirky springtime destination in Nevada, I would recommend driving the Extraterrestrial Highway. Just as the name suggests, this is a drive where you can expect to find lots of alien-themed attractions!

The ET Highway runs 98 miles between the towns of Warm Springs and Crystal Springs along State Route 375.

Some stops not to miss include ET Fresh Jerky where you can buy alien-themed snacks, the Extraterrestrial Highway Sign plastered in stickers from fellow travellers, and the Alien Research Center where you can shop for souvenirs and hear all sorts of stories about alien life. 

Along the drive, you’ll also come across the Black Mailbox where people leave letters and trinkets for aliens, and the Little A’le’inn which is a motel/bar/restaurant that has a UFO parked out front. 

Since this is in the desert, it’s best planned as a spring road trip to enjoy the milder weather. And because stops are few and far between, gas up before you begin the drive and make sure you bring water with you! (Recommended by Audrey, That Backpacker)

Grand Canyon in March
Grand Canyon in March

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona in the Spring

Each year millions of visitors head to the Grand Canyon to view one of the world’s natural wonders. Visiting in Spring offers a unique experience with milder temperatures and fewer crowds. Spring temperatures are relatively moderate compared to scorching summers or unpredictable winters. Spring temperatures are often between 30-50°F at the rim and 50-70°F at lower elevations in the canyon, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and sightseeing. 

These low temps mean there is a high chance of snowfall, especially in March, allowing visitors to witness snow-capped peaks contrasting against orange-red rock formations. However, the weather can be unpredictable and there might be a significant amount of snow or ice that might make hiking or even walking to viewpoints difficult or dangerous. Check the National Parks website for closures or advisories before heading out to the park. Be sure you have the right clothing and winter hiking gear for early spring!

Below the rim, the temperatures are often significantly warmer and may still allow for amazing hiking opportunities without the crowds or extreme heat common in the summer. If you do plan on doing a multi-day trip, a backcountry permit is required. Apply for the lottery early as they are extremely popular. For single-day hikes, the South Kaibab Trail or the Bright Angel Trail are great options. (Recommended by Mackenzie, A Wandering Scribbler)

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Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, Nevada in the Spring

The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel that took just five years to build (1931-1936) thanks to the 5,000-strong construction crew. Its development played a vital economic role in the country’s southwest and now offers educational tours around its impressive art-deco architecture and an opportunity to see the creation of Lake Mead Reservoir.

Embarking on a springtime journey to the iconic Hoover Dam (once named the Boulder Dam) promises a delightful experience with pleasant weather and a range of outdoor activities. Spring unveils Hoover Dam in its glory, as the temperatures hover between a comfortable 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is in stark and pleasant contrast to the summer heat that engulfs this area.

During spring, visitors can take in the breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Lake Mead which surrounds the dam. The wildflowers might start to bloom along the dam’s periphery, adding a vibrant touch to the rugged desert landscape. Exploring the dam’s exterior becomes a joy, as the moderate temperatures make walking along the observation decks and taking the guided tours more enjoyable.

Take advantage of the spring weather by partaking in the various outdoor activities available, such as hiking the Historic Railroad Track to Hoover Dam, walking the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for panoramic views or opting for a scenic cruise on Lake Mead. Additionally, spring marks the beginning of the rafting season on the Colorado River, offering a thrilling way to witness the majestic dam from a unique perspective. (Recommended by Emma, Journey of a Nomadic Family)

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Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, California in the Spring

Arid landscapes of Southern California surround Joshua Tree National Park, which captivates visitors with its unique blend of rugged terrain, iconic Joshua trees, and stunning rock formations. Add Joshua Tree to your southern California itinerary in the spring to enjoy milder temperatures and see the explosion of wildflowers!

Springtime in Joshua Tree National Park offers relief from the scorching summer temperatures and chilly winter nights. With daytime temperatures ranging from the comfortable mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities without the extremes of heat or cold. The crisp air and gentle breeze make spring the perfect time for hiking, rock climbing, stargazing, and other outdoor activities.

One of the unique things to do in Joshua Tree National Park during spring is to witness the explosion of wildflowers that blanket the desert floor. After winter rains, the landscape transforms into a colorful tapestry of vibrant blooms, creating a stunning contrast against the park’s earth-toned backdrop. Look out for famous wildflowers like desert marigolds, lupines, and the iconic Joshua tree blossoms. 

If you love stargazing, add Joshua Tree National Park to your California Bucket List! It is famous for its dark skies, making it a designated International Dark Sky Park. During spring, the cool nights provide optimal conditions for stargazing. You can marvel at the Milky Way and constellations, camping under starry skies for an unforgettable celestial experience.

Spring is the best time to do camping in Joshua Tree, with milder temperatures allowing for a comfortable outdoor experience. The park boasts several campgrounds, including Jumbo Rocks and Belle Campground, where visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the desert under a star-studded sky. (Recommended by Yukti, Travel With Me 24×7)

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Lower Calf Creek Falls in the spring
Lower Calf Creek Falls beach

Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah in the Spring

Nestled in the remote and stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, you’ll find a breathtaking waterfall that’s literally a hidden gem—especially in the spring. 

To get to Lower Calf Creek Falls, you’ll take a moderate, family-friendly 6-mile hike (round-trip) through gorgeous desert landscapes. In the springtime, thanks to slightly more rain than normal, everything is usually vibrant green and almost lush, and wildflowers dot the scenery. The trail takes you over red rocks, below towering cliffs with ancient petroglyphs, and alongside Calf Creek itself. 

When you get to 126-foot Lower Calf Creek Falls, you’ll swear you were transported somewhere else. This oasis in the desert is at its best in the spring (and even better after recent rain), pouring over the cliff into the pool. Yes, you can swim, but be aware that it’s pretty cold in the spring. Also, the hike is pet-friendly, and there are often dogs swimming. 

Average daytime temperatures range from the 50s to upper 70s, heating up significantly moving into May. Pack a lunch and bring some towels, in case you decide to take a dip. (Recommended by Taryn, Chasing Trail)

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Moab in the spring
Moab in the spring

Moab, Utah in the Spring

Moab in southeastern Utah is a treasure trove of outdoor adventure, especially during the spring. The redrock and backcountry atmosphere this part of the country is so well known for hasn’t had the chance to heat up just yet in the spring, so it’s definitely the most comfortable time to visit, weather-wise. 

Average high temperatures range from the mid-60s to the low-70s during the early spring months, making it ideal to enjoy Moab spring activities like hiking and biking around the area or nearby Arches or Canyonlands National Park.  

Adventurers looking for a thrilling experience should check out the popular Moab Jeep tours. Whether visitors are looking to explore the parks in a new way or are interested in braving some of the extreme off-roading routes in Moab, these tours guarantee a fun time. 

Lovers of water will want to plan for a late spring visit to ensure they are able to explore the Colorado and Green Rivers on a rafting trip! It’s a day on the river the whole family would remember. 

Overall, with so many outdoor wonders and attractions, Moab is an excellent Southwest destination to visit in spring! (Recommended by Candice, CS Ginger)

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Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley in the spring

Napa Valley, California in the Spring

While Napa Valley in Northern California is a year round destination, spring is an ideal time to visit. The rolling hills and vineyards blanketed by yellow mustards marks the onset of spring in Napa Valley and is simply breathtaking.

Spring time temperatures in Napa Valley vary from mid-50s to high 70s with little to no rain. This moderate weather is perfect for exploring the most beautiful vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley and enjoy outdoor dining and festivals.

Napa Valley in spring also attracts less crowds than summer and is perfect to hit the wineries for wine tasting and tours. Napa Valley also hosts annual Mustard Celebration Festival in the spring months in the form of wine festivals, art shows, and culinary events. It is a great time for photoshoots as well. (Recommended by Aswani, A Charming Escape)

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White Pocket
White Pocket

Page, Arizona in the Spring

Page, Arizona in the spring is a great spot to visit on a southwest road trip or a great spot to base out of for a few days to explore the area. Highs range from the 60s in March to the low 80s in May. Lows range from the 50s to 60s depending on the time of year as well.

With low chances of rain compared to winter and cooler temperatures than summer, spring is a great time for outdoor adventures in Page. Close to the town be sure to stop at Horseshoe Bend to take in the view. Schedule time for a guided tour of Antelope Canyon as well.

If you enjoy the water, there are plenty of water activities on Lake Powell. You can take a jetski tour or even rent a houseboat with paddleboards.

For those wanting more of an adventure, Page is a great spot to base out of to explore White Pocket, the Wave, and South Coyote Buttes. (Recommended by Christine, Live Love Run Travel)

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hiking near Phoenix, Arizona
Hiking near Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona in the Spring

Phoenix is a great place to visit in the spring. With mild weather that’s perfect for being outdoors (highs in March average 77 degrees), spring is a great time of year to take advantage of all the area has to offer.

From golf courses and spa resorts to hot air balloon rides over the desert, there’s something in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area to suit every interest. In spring, the plants in the Desert Botanical Garden will be in full bloom, and Major League Baseball teams come to town for spring training.

There are lots of nice hikes to do in and around Phoenix in the spring, including the iconic Camelback Mountain and the Hole in the Rock in Papago Park. Spring is the perfect time to plan a long weekend near Phoenix with young children. (Recommended by Adrienne, Destinations & Desserts)

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Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada in the Spring

Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is known for its stunning geological wonders. Visiting Red Rock Canyon.  And visiting this impressive gem of the Mojave Desert in the spring is a perfect time and an exciting experience, with mild temperatures making it an excellent time for outdoor adventures.

There are plenty of things to do in Red Rock Canyon in spring. You can take a leisurely drive along the 13-mile scenic loop road that winds through the canyon, and admire the panoramic and stunning vistas of towering red sandstone cliffs, unique rock formations, and expansive desert landscapes.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, explore some of the canyon’s popular hiking trails like the Calico Tanks Trail and Ice Box Canyon Trail. You can also try rock climbing on one of the canyon’s towering sandstone cliffs.

To learn more about the natural and cultural history of the conservation area, and of the canyon’s geology and ecology, drop by the Visitor Center. It is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Red Rock Canyon is a captivating destination that offers a glimpse into the awe-inspiring beauty and diversity of the Mojave Desert. Whether you’re hiking, climbing, or simply driving along the scenic loop, the canyon’s majestic landscapes are sure to leave a lasting impression. (Recommended by Imee, Journey To Nevada)

San Diego statue
San Diego statue

San Diego, California in the Spring

San Diego, is one of the best places to visit in California in the spring. Its location on the beautiful Pacific Coast makes it a favorite travel destination.

Two of San Diego’s most popular attractions (especially for families) are SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Explore more of Balboa Park and visit the Japanese Friendship Garden or museums such as the San Diego Museum of Art.

Walk along the harbor and see the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego (with the restored Star of India). Just across from the USS Midway, don’t miss the iconic statue commemorating the end of WWII. (Fun fact:  There are copies of this statue around the world – we saw one in Civitavecchia, Italy.)

No trip to San Diego is complete without a walk on the beach, so dip your toes in the ocean at Mission Beach and stroll along the boardwalk. For some fun, ride the wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park, an old-school amusement park right next to Mission Beach.

Expect springtime high temperatures around 69°F with lows in the upper 50’s.   There are generally only a couple of rainy days per month, but pack a light jacket just in case. (Recommended by Lisa, Travel to Lyon)

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Sedona hiking
Sedona hiking

Sedona, Arizona in the Spring

Sedona is a beautiful, southwest destination to visit in the Spring! It is located within 2 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Being surrounded by Sedona’s vibrant, red rock formations is like entering a different planet!  

There are tons of easy hikes in Sedona like Yavapai Vista. I recommend arriving at the most popular hiking trails like Devil’s Bridge early in the morning to beat the crowds and secure a parking space. Tourism and crowds pick up in Sedona in March, so arriving early will be key!

Sedona high temperatures jump pretty quickly from March to May. The high temperature in Fahrenheit in Sedona in March is 69℉, and the high temperature in Fahrenheit in Sedona in May is 86℉. Spring is an amazing time to visit because desert wildflowers are in bloom! (Recommended by Alyssa, An Apple a Plane)

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Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets

Texas Hill Country in the Spring

Texas Hill Country is a great place to visit year-round, but in the spring, it is incredible! The weather has highs typically in the 70s or 80s, which is perfect for exploring the beautiful landscapes.

The best way to experience Hill Country is to pick a small town as a base and plan to take a mini road trip exploring the area. Fredericksburg is a charming town running deep with German history, dozens of wineries for wine tasting, and some adorable boutiques. Another great choice is Wimberley with its artsy feel and gorgeous spring river running through town.

In spring, the hills are covered in the most beautiful wildflowers, including the state flower, Texas bluebonnets! Drive Willow City Loop or head to Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area for the best views. Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve is another beautiful spot for nature trails and wildflowers. Or head to Wildseed Farms to see the largest working wildflower farm in the country.

Take a hike at Enchanted Rock or rent a kayak at Inks Lake. If the temperatures are warm enough, head to Krause Springs for a swim under the waterfall in the natural springs. Grab some Texas fare from Salt Lick BBQ and then hop over to Marble Falls some homemade pie from Blue Bonnet Café! (Recommended by Sierra, Very Truly Texas)

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