10 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. Many Utahns love spending their Spring Break in St George/ Zion or Moab/ Arches. We love both of these area of Utah and there is a lot to do, but we have some new ideas for your spring break in Utah this year. And hopefully they will help you avoid the crowds. Here are 8 other Spring Break Destinations in Utah (don’t worry–we talk about St. George and Moab, too, to bring the total to 10).

Capitol Reef National Park

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.

Blanding: For Explorers

Owachoma Bridge was our favorite hike.

Have you ever heard of Blanding? It is in the far southeast corner of the state, and has so much to see and do, but most people never head this way. We explored Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, and some pioneer history in Bluff. You are also a quick 90 minute drive from Monument Valley in Arizona, which is amazing!! You could stay in Bluff, too–either spot offers great access to these less visited spots in Utah. We also want to head back and explore Bears Ears National Monument in this area. Visit our post about things to do near Blanding for more info!

Goblin Valley: For Adventurers

Our boys love exploring in Goblin Valley because 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. This post also has great ideas: Things to do near Capitol Reef.

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 too 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! We have even written a 3-day itinerary with all of our favorite spots.

Cedar City: For History

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

Cedar City is filled with things to do. It is only 45 minutes from St. George, but the elevation difference is quite large. 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 ParkParowan 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

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 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.

Kanab: For Unique Experiences

The Nautilus is a fun rock formation to hike to and explore.

We have fallen in love with the Kanab area. There is so much to do right around this small town and a lot of unique adventures to try. We loved hiking to the Nautilus, Catstair Canyon Car Stacks, the Toadstools, through the Belly of the Dragon, and up to the Sand Caves. These are just a few of the adventures to try in this area. Kanab is also close to Zion if you want to visit this National Park, as well as Lake Powell. You could easily spend 4-5 full days here! Use our Things to do near Kanab post for a huge list of ideas.

Heber Valley: For Ease

The Heber Valley Railroad is a historic train, and has lots of different rides to enjoy.

Heber is so close to the Wasatch Front and it makes it an easy spot to escape for a few days without a big drive. We love exploring this area and there is a lot to see and do. You can visit Wasatch Mountain State Park, take a ride on the Heber Valley Railroad, and eat at a lot of awesome restaurants. There are 3 different reservoirs nearby, but they will probably be a little chilly during Spring Break. Heber Valley is also near Park City, so you can explore this part of Utah, too. Check out our full list of Things to do in Heber Valley.

Moab: For Arch Lovers

Delicate Arch early in the morning before the crowds.

Although Arches and Moab can be busy over Spring Break, we have found ourselves here many times in late March and early April. It really is such a great time to visit. This area is great for hiking to arches and we find new trails every time we go. You can spend a day hiking in Arches National Park, and a day in Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky. There are also some great hikes and dinosaur spots in Moab such as Corona Arch, Millcreek Waterfall, and Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracks. Here is our list of Things to do in Moab.

Snow Canyon State Park.

We have spent long weekends and Spring Break in St. George. This is a great spot to visit when you want to be a little bit warmer. There are lots of hikes including one of our favorites in Red Reef Waterfall, some fun history stops like Brigham Young’s Winter Home, and a lot of amazing parks (don’t miss Thunder Junction). Don’t miss out on visiting Snow Canyon State Park. It is one of the best things to do in the area. Here is our list of things to do in St. George and this list is always growing: Things to do in St. George. You can also easily take a day trip to Valley of Fire State Park or into Zion.

A Few More Ideas…

We know there are lots of places to enjoy Spring Break in Utah. Let us know your favorite spots in the comments. We can’t wait to visit somewhere new for Spring Break soon!

If you are looking for ideas if you stay local to SLC or Provo, check out our Spring Break in Utah posts:

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  1. Malinda Palmer

    Coming to Kanab first week of April. Can you provide a map of these wonderful excursions? Sounds just what our family is looking for!!!

    1. Natalie Ockey

      I don’t have a map that shows every single spot, but I do have a post with all of the places we visited in Kanab. Each individual post will have directions. Google Maps is definitely the most helpful in finding a lot of these spots. Here is the link about Kanab: https://www.utahsadventurefamily.com/things-to-do-in-kanab/

  2. Stella

    Hello! Spring Break – is this March-ish?

    1. Natalie Ockey

      Spring Break in Utah is usually the last week of March through the second week of April, depending on which school district you live in!