Spring Break in Utah: Ideas and Travel Tips

Utah is an ideal destination for a spring break getaway. With its diverse landscapes, ranging from snow-covered mountains to red rock canyons and sandstone cliffs, Utah offers something for everyone.

You’ll find fun and exciting destinations and things to do for spring break in Utah. With this list of places to visit in Utah and things to do, you are sure to find something everyone loves this time of year. 

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Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, you’ll find it in Utah. So pack your bags and get ready for a memorable spring break in Utah!

Below you’ll find spring break activities, what to pack, and where to stay when visiting Utah for spring break!

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Ideas for Spring Break in Utah

Utah is known for a place to enjoy incredible landscapes and outdoor activities. When looking for Utah spring break ideas, there are so many ways to explore the state and all it has to offer!

If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Utah other times of the year, check out our resource: Best time to visit Utah! It details what it’s like in northern and southern Utah in the spring, summer, fall, and winter!

Here’s our list of Utah vacation spots and things to do for spring break:

Capitol Reef sunrise at Panorama Point
Capitol Reef sunrise

Utah’s National Parks in the Spring

Visiting Utah National parks in the spring is such a great idea. This time of year most of the snow is gone or at least melting away opening up more hiking trails and things to do while visiting them. 

The breathtaking views will blow your socks off and you will want to go back over and over again. Depending on which park you choose you will be able to mountain bike, hike, stargaze and explore with cooler temperatures than you will normally have during the summer months. With 5 National Parks to choose from, there is something everyone is sure to love. 

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Dead Horse Point State Park

Utah State Parks in the Spring

Check out this list of Utah State Parks that all spectacular and worth the trip to visit. 

Antelope Island State Park is located within the Great Salt Lake. Here you can bike, hike, camp, horseback ride, and sail. Not only that but you can take some truly spectacular pictures. 

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is near Zion National Pak. You will be amazed by the 3,730 acres of sand dunes which most of these are open for ATV riders. Here you can also rent sandboards and sand sleds to really have fun with your family and friends while exploring. The spring is the perfect time to go because by the time summer hits that sand will hit over 100°F.

If you want an incredible view of the Colorado River you will want to visit Dead Horse Point State Park, near Moab, Utah. This Park is 2000 feet above the Colorado River and offers some of the most iconic views you have ever seen. Check out everything you can do on a Moab spring break vacation!

Some other Utah State Parks worth checking out are:

Corona Arch in Moab Utah
Corona Arch in Moab

Hiking in Utah in the Spring

One of the things Utah is especially known for its hiking. In the spring you’ll enjoy warmer weather which is a great time to hit the trails.

Utah has a variety of trails for every level and ability from easy to expert level hikes. So grab your day hike gear as well as the hiking gear list for kids and hit one of the many trails in Utah. 

peekaboo slot canyon near Kanab
Peekaboo slot canyon near Kanab

Utah Slot Canyons in the Spring

Spring break is the perfect time to start exploring the slot canyons of Utah. These are narrow gorges that take you down in the layered sedimentary deposits of the rocks. They get their name because of how narrow they are and make for some really great exploring.

There are all different levels of Utah slot canyons you can explore from ones on the side of the road while others are much more narrow and require permits to hike. 

Check out these four fun slot canyons:

Milky way over Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

Stargazing in the Spring in Utah

Did you know that Utah has 21 dark sky places out of a list of 90 around the world? While in Utah you have a pretty good chance at getting to see the Milky Way and thousands of other stars lighting up the sky. 

Some of the best stargazing you will find is at Utah’s National Parks. If you can’t make it to one of these many of the Utah State Parks are also dark sky spots as well. 

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River Rafting in Utah

River Rafting in Utah in the Spring

River rafting is very popular in late spring in Utah. There are many white water rivers that are for the experienced rafter like Westwater and Cataract Canyons on the Colorado River.

But if you want to give river rafting a shot and lack the experience that it takes to do these rafting trips, there are some that have much flatter water to try like Labyrinth Canyon located in Canyonlands National Park as well as Horse Thief Canyon in the lower Provo River. 

Check out Moab in the spring and all the rafting tours available along the Colorado River in that area.

Park City in the Spring

Visiting Olympic Park in Park City is a once in a lifetime experience that you will want to take part in! Here you might find some ski resorts still open in the spring months, but if not there is still plenty to do and see while there.

You will find hiking, ziplines, bobsledding (a must!), and more while experiencing Olympic Village at Park City. 

Reflection at Bonneville Salt Flats
Reflection at Bonneville Salt Flats

Great Salt Lake and Salt Flats in the Spring

If you feel like heading northwest out of Salt Lake you will want to go explore the Great Salt Lake. Did you know that the Great Salt Lake is salty enough to allow people to float in it without sinking? Perhaps you might be brave enough to try it at the bathing beaches and recreation park at area while visiting. 

And if you head west along I-80, you can see the amazing Bonneville Salt Flats! Spring break is a cool time to visit to see the water and reflections on the flats. This is one place to add to your bucket list!

Utah State Capitol with cherry blossoms
Utah State Capitol with cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in the Spring at the Utah State Capitol

Why not visit the Utah State Capitol during your spring break trip? If you visit in late March or early April you will see all the cherry blossoms blooming all around you. 

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival in the Spring

In Utah, the weather can change like a snap of a finger, so that means fun activities to do in Utah can pop up out of nowhere.

The Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point is one of those things. It is a truly spectacular sight of millions of tulips popping up for you to visit and explore. This usually happens in late April or early May. 

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