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
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
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
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.
Escalante: For Outdoor Enthusiasts
We have fallen in love with Escalante. There is so much to see and do in this area. It is amazing! And the best time to visit is Spring before it gets to warm because most of the hikes have limited shade. Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons are famous in this area, but there are plenty of easier things to do such as Kodachrome Basin State Park, Willis Creek, and Devil’s Garden. If you have the time and energy, Lower Calf Creek Falls is a must!
Cedar City: For History
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, Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, and Old Iron Town Ruins. This area is full of history! We have a list of other adventures we found in Cedar City here.
Logan: For Relaxation
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.