Each year around this time, the days start to grow longer and an overwhelming pull overtakes many of us: the yearning for warmth, for desert, for adventure. There's no better place to satisfy your yearning for adventure than Utah's Mighty 5 national parks—Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Whether a spring escape for you means hiking, backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, or camping out under the stars, your springtime adrenaline jolt awaits in Utah.
Most Inspiring Springtime Adventures in The Mighty 5®
Hike the Fiery Furnace
Take advantage of cooler temperatures and fewer people to push your way-finding skills in this twisting labyrinth of brilliant red rock fissures and spines so intricate it would be impossible to find your way out without a guide.
Scramble through Elephant Canyon
This remote trail in The Needles District offers spectacular views of Canyonlands and Druid Arch. Explore a sandy canyon bottom and test your mettle scrambling up slickrock sections and climbing a fixed ladder. During the spring months, seasonal water flows throughout the 11-mile adventure.
Backpack Upper Muley Twist
During the cool spring, discover one of the true hidden gems of the U.S. National Park System. This highly scenic hiking route offers stunning views of the Capitol Reef's trademark Waterpocket Fold, arches and petrified sand dunes. Options make the total loop between 9-15 miles, making an overnight stay preferred. Reservations required.
Trail Run the Fairyland Loop
The jaw-dropping vistas and soft single track make this loop ideal for runners to hit the trail. Over the course of 8.25 miles you'll fly past neon hoodoos and spires, then through fragrant forests of Juniper, and Ponderosa Pine.
Canyoneer the Subway
If you're not afraid to get wet, one of the most spectacular landscapes imaginable awaits you deep into the carved redrock canyons of the northern reaches of Zion. This point-to-point hike makes for a long day descending a river canyon, with clear, green water, hanging ferns and some fairly strenuous scrambling. If the spring temps are still chilly, a wetsuit or dry suit will keep you more comfortable. Permits required and rappelling skills suggested.