Top 5 National Parks to Visit in spring

After a long winter, we're all ready to get out and go exploring. Spring is the perfect time for hiking, camping and discovering what our country’s national parks have to offer. National parks in the spring are great places to catch awe-inspiring waterfalls, see flowers and trees in full bloom, and hopefully, experience a baby animal sighting or two.

Let’s take a look at some of the best national parks to visit in the spring.

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1. Zion National Park

If you like to hike, Zion National Park, with its landscape filled with red rock spires and chimneys, is the place for you. Zion is really popular in the spring, so expect to find plenty of people on the trails with you. Hikes range from easy strolls to all-day adventures. If you want to see the park but would rather stay in the car, the Zion-Mount Carmel highway provides a beautiful scenic drive.

 

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2. Death Valley National Park

Number two of our best national parks to visit in spring is Death Valley National Park. The park got its name due to its extreme summer temperatures, but in spring, when the weather is relatively mild and wildflowers are blooming, Death Valley is lovely. If you visit after a particularly wet winter season, you may get to witness a "superbloom," when an unusually large number of wildflowers germinate and bloom in the desert.

This park is the largest in the contiguous United States, and there’s a lot to do, making it one of the best national park vacations for seniors. With its salt flats, sand dunes, canyons and mountains to explore, there are plenty of places to hike, bike or even go horseback riding.

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3. Grand Canyon National Park

Next on our list of best national parks in spring is the majestic Grand Canyon. While a trip to the Grand Canyon is fantastic any time of year, it makes our list of the best national parks to visit in spring because it's much less crowded this time of year. It can get a bit chilly in the early morning, but the weather warms up beautifully as the day goes on.

The most popular spot to visit at the Grand Canyon National Park is the South Rim. Visit Grand Canyon Village to find hiking trails that range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. If you're feeling really adventurous, take the Bright Angel trail for a trek down into the canyon and back out again, about 12 miles round trip. While the upper part of the trail can be icy during the early spring months, this is a great trail to visit for scenic views of the canyon from the inside.

 

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4. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park offers one of the easier-paced U.S. National Park tours for seniors, with a wide variety of ecosystems and endless options for exploring. 

Spring is the time for babies at Yellowstone. Baby bison start appearing in March, baby bears can be caught frolicking among the trees and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch wolf pups playing together. Later in the spring, you might see baby bighorn sheep and spot moose, river otters, elk and eagles.

Another popular activity at the park is geyser-gazing. Yellowstone National Park is home to 500 geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful, which erupts every 90 minutes and shoots water anywhere from 106 to 185 feet in the air.

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5. Big Bend National Park

Number five of our best national parks in spring is Big Bend National Park. Named for a big bend in the Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park is one of the more remote national parks. It is one of the darkest places in America, so star-gazing is a popular activity, and this is best national park for seeing the Milky Way!

In addition to star-gazing, Big Bend National Park is a phenomenal national park in spring due to the great variety of flora and fauna found here. The park is home to over 1,200 species of plants. It’s also great for bird watching, with 450 species to be found.

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