Spring brings an irresistible urge to get out to enjoy the sunshine and experience something new. This year, instead of packing up the family and joining the throngs waiting in endless lines at theme parks, head for Utah, the only place on earth where you can easily explore five national parks in a single, epic week. Read on for a spring break itinerary packed full of the kind of playful explorations that kids love, and the kind of memorable experiences they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The Best Spring Break Ever
Picnic Under an Arch
Even the youngest children can handle the short stroll from the parking lot to the dramatic arch duo of the North and South Windows. A fun scramble over gentle sandstone brings you to stand directly under the windows. Bring a dinner picnic and enjoy an unforgettable sunset overlooking Turret Arch and rows of redrock ridges on the horizon.
Raft the Colorado River
The splashiest way to experience Canyonlands is on a guided raft trip (choose from one to seven days) down Cataract Canyon, which boasts dramatic scenery and thrilling whitewater rapids. It's an unforgettable adventure for children seven years and older.
Discover Ancient Petroglyphs
A rockin' history lesson for kids of all ages! The Fremont people were ancient Native Americans who lived in the Capitol Reef area from 600 - 1300 A.D. Get up close and personal with their petroglyphs (drawings carved into rock) just east of the park Visitor Center.
Ride Beneath the Hoodoos
The hoo-whats? Saddle up for a guided mule ride to the pine-scented floor of Bryce Canyon, passing beneath the otherworldly rock formations called "hoodoos" along the way. It sounds like "voodoo" for reasons you'll have to see to believe.
Brave Angel's Landing
Spring is the perfect time to adventure on what is widely considered to be one of the most spectacular hikes on the planet. Suitable only for older kids and adults, Angel's Landing is a strenuous, yet rewarding hike from the valley floor to the lip of the canyon's walls. It's a once-in-a-lifetime family experience up a 1,500-foot climb through a slot canyon and out to a 5,785-foot peak perched at the end of a narrow rock fin with unrivaled views into Zion Canyon. Only the brave will make it all the way to the end of the trail.