Do you want to plan a Spring Break in Utah? Awesome! I am a local with some great suggestions of where some of the best Spring Break spots in Utah are.
From a spring break ski trip to a national park adventure, Utah is one of the best places to spend your spring break!
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Weather in Utah
Spring break in the United States is usually in March and April. For Utahns spring break is usually in late March or early April.
Utah still can be cold in March and April, with the trees not blooming until early April. The weather can be a determining factor as you are planning your spring break in Utah, particularly northern Utah.
In northern Utah, the average temperature in March is around 55 degrees. In April, the average is 63 degrees. But, there are definitely days that are warmer in April.
In southern Utah, the average temperature in March is 68 degrees. In April it is closer to 77 degrees.
Popular Locations for Spring Break in Utah
Utah is a great state with so many things to offer. Utah has 5 national parks, 7 national monuments, and mountains surrounding its most populous corridor. There is skiing, hiking, and every outdoor activity you can imagine!
Great Place for a Family Vacation
Utah also has the most kids per family in the United States, so you can guarantee there are museums and fun indoor activities to keep you busy the entire week for a family trip.
Planning a spring break in Utah is perfect because the weather allows you to do both winter activities and summer activities within the same month.
Spring Break in Utah - Ski Trip
Many people plan Spring Break ski trips! Spring is a great time to ski! Spring Skiing in Utah is one of my favorite times to plan a Salt Lake City ski trip. I like the warmer temperatures and the sun shining down on the mountain.
Skiing is best with lots of snow, and fresh snow. With the warmer weather, snow levels can dip, and it’s harder to get the powdery goodness.
The later your spring break, the greater the likelihood of decreased snow levels. With that said, we’ve been skiing in May, and the resorts will almost certainly be open.
If you plan to make your trip exclusively a ski vacation and are considering Alta, Brighton, Solitude, or Snowbird (all great resorts), consider staying at a resort.
These resorts are located in two canyons — Little Cottonwood (Snowbird and Alta) and Big Cottonwood (Solitude and Brighton).
While local traffic tends to thin out some as spring comes, if there is a snowstorm, locals can flock to the canyons, making it a headache to get up and down the canyons if you are not staying by the resorts.
Plus, you can usually get a great deal on lodging during the Spring.
Where Should I Ski in Utah
The highest elevation for ski resorts in Utah are Alta and Snowbird. Both of these resorts will have the best snow compared to other resorts in Utah. The resorts are next to each other up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
But, two critical things to keep in mind. First, Alta does not allow snowboarding. Second, Snowbird has difficult terrain, which is going to make the trip tough for a beginner. I suggest looking at Park City (lots of terrain, including good terrain for beginners), Brighton, or even one of the resorts further north
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Spring Break in Utah - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City and the surrounding suburbs are a great place to spend your spring break. Salt Lake City is a very family friendly area of the country with lots of fun things to do.
Downtown Salt Lake City
There are a few things I love about Salt Lake City, it is safe, it isn’t too big, and there are fun activities always going on.
Temple Square is a great place to visit. There are some great museums located all around this area. If you get a chance to listen to the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, you will not be disappointed.
As a head up, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently doing renovations in certain areas of Temple Square, which renovations are planned to continue through 2024. Most of the surrounding buildings will remain open. You can learn more at the Temple Square website.
Shopping in the City
Located across the street from Temple Square is City Creek Center. City Creek is a shopping area with a food court. City Creek has some of the best shopping in the city! Fashion Place in Murray is another great shopping area to consider.
Hotels in Salt Lake City
There are nice restaurants and hotels all around Salt Lake City. The Grand America is unique to Salt Lake City and would be a fun place to stay at for a spring break trip.
You may also want to check out its sister hotel across from it — The Little America — which is still a great place in a central location but with a lower cost.
Places to Eat Downtown
When visiting downtown Salt Lake City, there are quite a few places to eat. Here are three of our favorites:
- Takashi – my husband loves the sushi here! It’s probably his favorite. But if you’re like me and sushi is not your thing, there are other options.
- Caffé Molise – I love this place. Wonderful Italian food.
- Red Iguana – Okay, this is another husband’s mention. (I am not a big mole fan and had an unfortunate encounter when I was pregnant and got sick.) Red Iguana is a well known Salt Lake City fave for Mexican. My husband is all about Mexican food, and also recommends checking out Alamexo, Taqueria 22, and Cancun Cafe.
My all time favorite place to stop when I am in the city is Ruby Snap. It is a cookie shop with not only delicious but unique flavors you can not find anywhere else!
East of Downtown
The Hogel Zoo, This is the Place Heritage Park, The Natural History Museum, and the Red Butte Gardens are all located east of Salt Lake City.
We really love all of these attractions! But if I had to pick a favorite it would be This is the Place Heritage Park. It is an interactive living history site. There are so many crafts, activities, and hands on experiences to see and do. A cute train gets you from point A to point B which is really fun.
Hiking in the Mountains
My husband and I love hiking! You can get some great hikes staying at lower elevations (though melting snow and rain can make trails muddy, depending on the year) Hiking in the mountains just east of Salt Lake City is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors. If you have young ones in tow, check out some great kid friendly hikes in Utah.
North of Salt Lake City
Lagoon is the major amusement park in Utah and is located just north of Salt Lake City. I am a huge amusement park fan and I can honestly say Lagoon is a legit park. There are plenty of roller coasters and rides that entertain all ages. They even have a small zoo. I love the historical area. It has an amazing collection of 1800 memorabilia.
Typically Lagoon is open on weekends during the Spring but due to Covid the season is starting later in 2021.
South of Salt Lake City
In Draper, which is south of the city is an incredible aquarium. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium . I have been to the Shedd Aquarium and other amazing aquariums around the country, and I must say that this one holds its own. It is pretty amazing! I highly recommend a visit!
At the point of the mountain, which is an area that divides Salt Lake County and Utah County, there is a small area that is known for paragliding. If you want a paragliding adventure while on your spring break in Utah, this is the place.
There is another flying adventure over the Great Salt Lake.
Thanksgiving Point is amazing! There are five venues located in this one area.
- Dinosaur Museum
- Butterfly Biosphere
- Curiosity Museum
At the farm you can feed animals, ride a pony, and go on a tracker ride. The Dinosaur Museum has interactive exhibits and a sand digging area. The Curiosity Museum is a hands-on children’s museum. The Butterfly Biosphere, has over 100 species of butterflies.
The Garden at Thanksgiving Point
The Garden at Thanksgiving Point is unbelievable! During the Spring the tulip festival is held. It is a breathtaking experience! The garden is huge and if your kids like to roll down hills this is the place!
If your kids don’t like to walk, this still can be the place. You can rent golf carts to get around and explore! There are also food carts and booths, and live music.
Theater is a big deal in Utah. It seems like most people love to see a good show in Utah. The main theater in Salt Lake City is the Eccles Theater. This is where you go to see Off-Broadway shows when they come to town.
A little farther south is the Hale Center Theatre. This is a local theater. The quality is exceptional. If you are planning a spring break in Utah check out shows that are playing to see if any interest you!
Spring Break in Utah - Vernal
If you want to get further from Salt Lake City, one place to check out is Vernal, Utah – Dinosaur Land. If you have a big dinosaur fan in your family this is exactly where you want to spend your spring break in Utah.
Dinosaur National Monument
The Dinosaur National Monument is located near Vernal. This site has a dinosaur bone quarry where you can actually view partially excavated dinosaur bones. 13 dinosaurs have been excavated from this area.
There are some other fun things to do in Vernal. The town is so cute! There are murals all around to take pictures in front of.
Flaming Gorge and the Green River
Close to Vernal is a beautiful lake called Flaming Gorge. You are also close to the Green River. While these locations are great for boating, rafting, and fishing, the water will be cold this time of year.
Spring Break in Utah - Moab
Okay, so let’s talk about the south part of Utah. Here you can find warmer weather. Spring is the best time to plan a trip to Moab, Utah. The weather during the day is very nice however, it gets a little chilly at night. There are so many outdoor adventures and other things to do in Moab including two national parks: Arches and Canyonlands.
Arches and Canyonlands
Arches National Park has the famous arch that is on most Utah license plates! It is called Delicate Arch. The hiking at Arches National park always leads to…well arches! The red rock and natural rock formation is what attracts so many to Moab.
Canyonlands is another great National Park located not too far from Arches. Canyonlands has amazing hikes, stargazing, and technical rock climbing options.
Moab has both hotels and camping accommodations. There are a lot of choices! If you are planning a spring break in Utah and Moab is on your list I would book early. These sites and hotels get booked up fast! It is important to plan ahead!
Things to do in Moab
Some of the most popular things to do in Moab are:
- Mountain Biking
- Jeep Tours
- River Rafting
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Dead Horse Point State Park is located less than an hour away and has spectacular views of the Colorado River. Goblin Valley State Park is another amazing place to add to your Moab trip.
And if you want to hit one more national park Capitol Reef National Park isn’t too far. These locations are all less crowded then Arches and Canyonlands.
Spring Break in Utah - Saint George
Another southern locale is Saint George. Saint George has the great weather, but also has more of a city feel. That gives you a few more options than strictly the outdoors.
Word to the wise everyone that lives in northern Utah loves heading south to Saint George for warmer weather. Lots of people own second homes so they can escape the cold weather. Saint George is a great place. There is plenty to do: Zions National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Escalante National Monument are all nearby.
Things to do in Saint George
There are many state parks in Saint George. Red Cliffs Conservation area, Snow Canyon, Quail Creek, and Sand Hollow State parks offer a lot of outdoor entertainment. Hiking, biking, and as it gets warmer boating are all fun activities to do in Saint George.
Zions National Park
In my opinion, Zions National Park wins the best national park prize! I love the hikes at and beauty of Zions and spring is the perfect time to go.
Make sure to go early! And check to see if a reservation system is in place. Zions has a shuttle system, and you need to go early to park in the main parking area.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is located about two hours away from Saint George but is worth a day a day trip to see this magnificent place. While you are in the area Escalante National Monument is a must see.
There are a couple of other options closer to St. George. Depending on the weather, one place I love hiking is at Cedar Breaks National Monument (if you are afraid of heights, I don’t recommend this for you).
Time for a Spring Break in Utah!
A Spring Break in Utah is a perfect idea! Hopefully, this helps you plan an amazing trip! Utah is an incredible place with so much to see!
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