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Spring Break Destinations in Utah

Everyone loves Spring Break! It’s a great time to go somewhere and bask in warm weather after a long winter. Favorite destinations of Utahns include St. George, Zion, and Bryce. We love all three of those spots, but we have some new ideas for your spring break this year.

 

There are so many fun places to explore and visit in Utah, all within a few hours of the Wasatch Front. Today we have chosen places that are 3 hours or less from our home in Utah County. Let us know if you have any other ideas for us to try in the future.

 

Vernal: For Dinosaur Lovers

There are a few special bones that you are allowed to touch at Dinosaur National Monument.

One of our first Spring Break getaways was to Vernal. We spent a few days in this small town, but found so much to do, and we fell in love with dinosaurs. Make sure to visit Dinosaur National Monument, as well as the Utah Field House Museum. These have wonderful displays of dinosaurs as well as the famous Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument with hundreds of dinosaur bones. We also went on an amazing hike in Red Fleet State Park to see dinosaur tracks. We also spotted some loons there (birds not people). You can check out our list of Things to Do Near Vernal. If you are looking for a simple, but fun getaway, check out Vernal.

Moab: For Explorers

Double Arch is one of the most impressive arches in the park, and also one of the easiest to access.

Moab is a popular Spring Break destination, and we love to visit this area anytime except the summer when it gets so hot. When we went during April, we didn’t feel like it was crowded, but it was definitely busy. There is so much to do by Moab other than Arches, although it is our favorite National Park! You can also swing over to Dead Horse Point State Park, as well as Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky. We also found dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs along the way into Moab, and right in town, too. Check out our list of Things to do Near Moab. You could easily spend weeks in this area exploring, but we found that you can have a lot of fun in just a few days.

Goblin Valley: For Adventurers

Our 7 year-old in front of the Goblin Valley floor where you can blaze your own trail.

Goblin Valley is one of our all time favorite state parks because you can explore all over among the goblins. We love to stay in the yurts, but they are nearly impossible to get into now, so you can try for a camping spot, or you can stay in Hanksville which puts you a 1/2 hour away from Goblin Valley and 1/2 hour away from Capitol Reef National Park. We always spend a little time in Capitol Reef when we head to Goblin Valley. And we also hike Little Wild Horse Canyon, which is our kids favorite slot canyon hike ever. Goblin Valley is a great spot for some adventuring.

Cedar City: For History

Packing our wagon to head West at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City.

Cedar City is one place that we need to spend more time exploring. There are so many great things to do in this area. If you decide to spend a day or two here over Spring Break, you won’t be able to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument because it doesn’t open until late May due to elevation. Cedar City is quite high itself, so plan on a cooler spring break in this town. Some of the fun things to do here are Park Discovery, Frontier Homestead State Park, and the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. We really want to visit these petroglyphs, as well as the Old Iron Town Ruins. So if you make it to either one this spring break, let us know what you think. This area is full of history!

Logan: For Relaxation

American West Heritage Center has a ton to do with the working farm, as well as all the mining and pioneer history activities.

Logan is a little closer to the Wasatch Front than some of these other getaways, but if you are looking for a slightly less busy, more relaxing place to visit, you could spend a day or two in Logan. Depending on the year, you might find snow in Logan Canyon, but there are some fun hikes to try. Our favorite is Tony Grove. You can also check out fun parks like Ryan’s Place Park, as well as stop at the American West Heritage Center.  We also love the Willow Park Zoo (now known as Zootah) which is smaller than Hogle Zoo, but still has fun animals to see. If you are looking for an easy stop for lots of fun, check out Things to do in Logan.