As much as we love winter, the glittering flakes, the rush of flying down a ski slope, and the different look that it lends to our surrounding environment, we’re ready for spring! Budding trees, hiking trails that have finally dried out, incredible views, a light jacket….. we’re calling it. Winter was great, but let’s get spring started.
Depending on where you find yourself spring may still seem like a far-off dream. In Southern Utah (where we’re located) we still find ourselves in “Fool’s Spring”. Meaning this week the weather is lovely and you can break out those light jackets and take it all in, but don’t stash that heavy coat away just yet.
So, when you’re ready for spring and all those incredible outdoor adventures that you’ve bookmarked but the weather just won’t quite cooperate…. where do you go? What can you do?
Seek warmer weather
One of our favorite ways to embrace that spring fever and cheat “Fool’s Spring”? Head for warmer weather!
Utah | St.George is your get-away destination packed with warm weather and incredible red-rock views. Sitting at 67° today there’s no reason not to grab those hiking boots, rent a mountain bike, or pick one of their incredible city parks for a picnic.
Nevada | Las Vegas … Adjacent seems to be the go-to escape to warm weather destination for our area. With spring temperatures that we can only dream of from our snow-packed corner of Utah, a hike on one of the many trails in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge sounds ideal.
‘Off’ the road again
It’s time to hit the road less traveled and what better way is there than with an Off Road Vehicle! OHV trails weave throughout Utah, Arizona, and Nevada and can be a great way to see sights not readily reached via hiking or traditional routes.
Nevada | Nelson Hills Off Roading Area
Just south of Henderson and only a 40 minute drive from Las Vegas, NV is the Nelson Hills off-roading area. Filled with desert vegetation, twisting rock formations, and small canyons there’s plenty to explore here.
Utah | Three Peaks Recreation Area in Cedar City is packed with outdoor recreation opportunities from mountain biking and disc golf to OHV trails. With a lower elevation in the valley the trails here tend to dry out before those in Dixie National Forest. The scenery is nothing to sleep on either.
It’s the climb
Rock climbing! There’s nothing like a good climb (or repel) to kick start your desire for adventure.
Arizona | near Littlefield you’ll find the Lime Kiln Canyon and Hatchet Valley OHV Loop. This look is 73.7 kilometers of mild trail that features some beautiful wildflowers and some INCREDIBLE rock climbing locations!
Nevada | Red Rock Canyon, near Las Vegas is an outdoor recreation haven just 20 minutes from the lights, chimes, and bustle of the city. While there’s plenty of hiking and OHV trails available their rock climbing is something that you won’t want to miss.
Pedal it out
In the words of the incomparable Freddy Mercury, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike” 🎶 Cycling is a great way to get out and embrace that spring fever!
Utah | Parowan Gap Loop in Cedar City is home to an estimated 1,500 Native American petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, wide open and gorgeous scenery, and ends in the picture-perfect town of Parowan. This loop takes you on a paved road and can be shortened to any length necessary by parking along the way and switching your vehicle for a bike.
Arizona | The Bell Rock Pathway near the Village of Oak Creek is the must-ride trail for views of Sedona’s magnificent red rocks. Networks of slickrock and technical single track trails are waiting for those seeking adventure. While novice riders can easily kick up some dirt on the trail to the Courthouse Butte.
We can’t be the only ones who feel that if the season is going to change our go-to meals have to change too! There’s something about soup and bread that feel so winter that eating them in spring almost feels wrong. So our favorite way to welcome spring?
A spring foodie tour following our adventure!
Utah | Springdale & Zion National Park, Oscar’s Cafe is the place to be! With an extremely versatile menu and a location that is to die for (at the entrance of Zion National Park 🙌) Oscar’s Cafe is a favorite destination for those adventuring in Utah’s most visited national park.
Arizona | Decanter Tasting Room in Sedona is the perfect place to unwind for the evening after your cycling adventure on the Bell Rock Pathway. Grab a glass of a wine that welcomes spring, like a Chardonnay or Rose.
Nevada | Sloan’s Ice Cream in Las Vegas because nothing is a better end to your spring adventure than an ice cream cone. Even better if that cone is a sundae and that sundae has an incredible theme. After a day of adventure we might just have to call it for the diet and order the Kitchen Sink Sundae!