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aileron
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Utah National Parks in March

I'm thinking about a spring break trip to some of the NP's in Utah this March. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Is this still a low season? Are all the parks open and accessible? Anyone have a good sample 7 day itinerary?


TigerSaintInDallas
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re: Utah National Parks in March
All but Capitol Reef and to a lesser extent Canyonlands will still be packed, although less so than 4th of July weekend. Spring break is huge for these places.

All the parks will be open, there might be ice on the trails but unlikely.
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TSS4LSU
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re: Utah National Parks in March
depends on the week. Spring break weeks vary by state. WE went last year and just missed the big crowds by a week. Went 3/22 to 3/26 last year for reference

bryce still had snow. Others were no snow


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HippieTiger
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The parks will always have some amount of crowds. I think overall those will be lesser in spring. Spring is an amazing time in the Utah desert. I have spent a lot of time out there and prefer spring to other seasons. It doesn't get much better than March weather around the Moab area


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re: Utah National Parks in March
You won't be hiking The Narrows in March.


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re: Utah National Parks in March
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Is this still a low season?


This doesn't exist right now anywhere that allows tourism and is popular. There's mid season and busy season. We went to the Utah big 4 the week before Thanksgiving and given some stuff was shut down so it funneled people, it was by no means what I'd consider "low" season in that you really couldn't get away from people.

Given that, as said be mindful that March is a tricky month out west in that early snow is still very possible. So your dates are important.

Finally, Utah has a lot to do outside of the parks also. I'm not sure what I'd do if I was to return after being there in November, but I wouldn't bust it to see all the parks in 7 days.

I would HIGHLY recommend doing Zion midweek though, even if it doesn't make sense geographically. It will be the busiest and is the best IMO.


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Sweet Pickles
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re: Utah National Parks in March
We were out there last spring break. It’s pretty packed as above. Further East you go the less packed it is but it is also higher elevation and colder. Bryce will have snow and the road all the way out to the point may be closed. Zion is much warmer and the Aspen of the Utah parks. But it is awesome. Rent some e bikes and ride to the narrows.


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Tacktheritrix
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re: Utah National Parks in March
We did Zion, Bryce, and checked out Valley of Fire on our way back to the air port end of March last year.

Started with Zion because that's where we stayed, did all the big hikes here over 3 days. Then we drove into Bryce back to back days and hit a few cool hikes there. We flew in through Vegas, so on the way back to the airport we checked out the Valley of Fire which was pretty cool as well. You can't go wrong with just picking 1-2 of the Mighty 5 in Utah and spending a week there. They are all relatively close to each other.

Vegas is a great place to fly in if you want to start on the Zion side. It's a little over an hour drive plus you can do Vegas for a night if you're into gambling and being a degen.


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furrydogs
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re: Utah National Parks in March
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Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Is this still a low season?


Provide a little more background on the type of person you and your group are like. What I mean is, do you like to rough it? Do you need hotels? Do you like to do drive by scenic tours or take ten mile hikes to see stuff?

Advice for doing a car tour is a lot different than camping and exploring. Our family (15 and 14 year old) has been going to Utah in mid March for the last 9 out of 10 years and have always had a great time. It's not too hard to still get away from people if you like that sort of thing.


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alpinetiger
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re: Utah National Parks in March
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I'm thinking about a spring break trip to some of the NP's in Utah this March. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Is this still a low season? Are all the parks open and accessible? Anyone have a good sample 7 day itinerary?


I live in Utah (SLC). The shoulder seasons are great in Southern Utah, but you have to deal with unstable weather. You may want to consider putting together two iteneraries that incorporates 60 degree sunny days and 30 degrees with snow.

There will not be many other visitors in the shoulder seasons, which is always at the top on my checklist.


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