Few things compare to getting outside, feeling the soft spring breeze, listening to the birds above you, and hearing the dirt crunch below your feet, all while heading out on a hike through the beauty that accompanies a visit to one of the 62 national parks in the United States. While some have aspirations of visiting every national park in the country, there are certain parks at certain times of the year that capture everything Mother Nature has to offer—including these five best national parks to visit in spring.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is near the top of virtually every “best of” list there is when it comes to national parks. Situated on 229 square miles of Southern Utah red rock canyons and valleys, there is no shortage of things to do and ways to see this stunning landscape. The best way to visit this national park is to choose Zion National Park tours to make sure you see all the best sites.
Spring in Zion National Park is a perfect time to see the snow and cold of winter meet the green, sprouting foliage and wildlife of April. Take a walk through The Narrows or explore Weeping Rock, Angels’ Landing or the Emerald Pools. No matter how you choose to explore and experience Zion National Park, it’s certain that you’ll leave with a smile and an appreciation for what nature has created.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is one of the best national parks to visit in April. Springtime often means the beginning of new life. Plants begin to sprout up during April and new wildlife roams the mountains and valleys. While nature begins to refresh in the spring, your own personal refresh and inspiration can begin as well—and there’s perhaps no better place to find that inspiration than Bryce Canyon National Park.
Spring at Bryce Canyon National Park has many advantages—including a chance to see an early sunrise strike the side of the red rocks and famous hoodoo formations. Visitors will find peace and solace at Inspiration Point, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, and Bryce Point.
Whether it’s your first time at the park or you visit Bryce Canyon regularly, selecting one of several Bryce Canyon tours can help you make sure that you’re seeing the most spectacular sites this national park has to offer.
Grand Canyon National Park
You’ll never quite be prepared for what you will see when you overlook Grand Canyon National Park. The sheer size and display of unique rock coloring and formations will leave you speechless as you marvel at what nature has created.
Whether you choose to camp along the South or North Rims, take a guided trip down the booming Colorado River, or simply sit and watch the sun move across the sky over this wonder, one thing is for sure, a Grand Canyon tour won’t disappoint.
Arches National Park
As you move through the beautiful views from the road of Arches National Park, you’ll soon realize you are driving through the home of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches—viewable by car or hikes of all skill levels.
Arches will leave you in awe and asking the familiar “how” questions when contemplating the structural impossibility you seem to be witnessing. Arches National Park in April brings the dawning of the vast flora and fauna that accompanies the sandstone wonders and paints the perfect picture of tranquility.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
An underrated national park in New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a fantastic springtime national park destination. Find yourself exploring the seemingly never-ending caves that make up this adventurous park.
With over 100 known caverns to explore, your time here will feel as if you’ve been transported to another planet. The Natural Entrance Trail descends 79 stories and is part of the home of over 400,000 Brazilian free-tail bats. Beginning in April, visitors can schedule guided tours with park rangers to watch the hungry bats leave the caves during the evening—a sight worth the trip alone.
There’s something special about spring and there’s something amazing about experiencing spring at a national park. These a a few of the best places to visit in the spring. Those seeking a renewal and a refresh will find their new beginning at a national park, one that will spring-board them into the rest of their year.