The Best National Parks to Visit During the Spring

If you can't wait to start exploring national parks, don't! Spring is a beautiful season to take in some of our nation's best views. Here are just a few of the best national parks to visit during the spring.

Zion National Park, Utah

Angels Landing Zion National Park

Consider visiting Zion National Park sometime in March, April or May for the same amazing views with much fewer people. Spring in Zion offers waterfalls, cottonwood blooms and wildflower-covered canyon walls. You might be at risk for wet weather, but getting a glimpse of Zion's spring thaw is worth it!

Read: 5 Reasons Zion National Park Will Blow Your Mind

Joshua Tree National Park, California

national parks to visit this spring

Joshua Tree National Park in the spring is a dream come true for bird watchers and wildflower admirers. If you visit this national park in March or April you will be treated to a desert filled with wildflower and cactus blooms. Spring is the most-popular season for Joshua Tree National Park visitors due to the stunning blooms and mild temperatures.

Death Valley National Park, California

death valley national park

Another desert park offering mild spring weather, Death Valley National Park is a must-visit park in the spring. Wildflowers run rampant March through mid July, with the earliest blooms starting at low elevations and making their way up.

Read: 5 Must-See Spots in Death Valley

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee & North Carolina

national parks to visit this spring

Great Smoky National Park is known for its springtime wildflowers, so much so that the park hosts a Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage every April. Spring visitors can also enjoy prime hiking and fly fishing in the park, along with low crowds and lodging prices.

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Sunes

Cooler sand and fewer mosquitoes in area campsites make Great Sand Dunes National Park ideal for spring visits. In late May, park visitors can enjoy Medano Creek, a seasonal creek formed by snow runoff from the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This wide, shallow creek offers the perfect spot to cool down after hiking up and down the park's giant sand dunes.

Read: What to Do in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Which national parks do you prefer to visit in the spring?
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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