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Spring in Zion National Park

by | Mar 26, 2024

Given the high temperatures that the region experiences during the summer and fall, the limited rain for much of the year, and the desert climate, you might assume that spring isn’t that different from other seasons in Zion. But this isn’t the case at all.

Spring has sprung, and with it, has brought blooming trees, warmer temperatures, and longer days to Zion National Park. The park is even home to stunning wildflowers, which are even more beautiful given the red rock desert landscape that they bloom against. In fact, it’s those very flowers that inspired our Zion National Park hotel’s name.

Spring is an often underrated time to visit Zion. If you’re ready to see what makes this season so special, keep reading to learn why you should book a visit to Zion Wildflower Resort this spring.

Enjoy Mild Weather This Season

One of the best reasons to book a stay at one of the best hotels Zion has to offer this spring is the chance to get in some challenging hikes before the summer temperatures arrive. 

The average daily temperatures in Zion in the spring range from the mid-60s (Fahrenheit) to the upper 80s by the end of the season. Compared to the high temperatures that the park sees during the summer season, these comfortable temps are perfect for taking on difficult trails like Angels Landing, but not so cold that you’ll encounter the occasional snow seen during the winter season.

While the weather is mild enough to take on tougher trails with ease, they aren’t so cool that you can’t enjoy the perks of staying in a hotel with a pool in Zion. Our heated pool and hot tub are perfect for enjoying a dip, even early in the spring season. Unlike late fall and winter, the days are already getting longer come spring, which means more time to enjoy the park and our resort’s many other amenities.

The Summer Crowds Haven’t Arrived Just Yet

It’s no secret that summer is Zion’s busiest season. With long days and warm temperatures, coupled with the fact that many families travel based on school holidays, the summer months draw more than 30 percent of Zion’s annual visitor count.

Spring is a great time to book lodging near Zion National Park before the summer crowds arrive. While there’s plenty of space in the park and other activities throughout the region to make a visit during the busiest weekend of the year fun, visiting in the spring is a chance to enjoy largely empty trails. If you have flexibility in when you travel, consider visiting the park through the week for even fewer other people on the trails.

The Wildflowers are in Bloom

We might be biased, but one of our favorite reasons to book a stay at the best hotels ZIon has to offer is a chance to take in the spring blooms. The first signs of spring arrive early in the season in Zion Canyon. But the first flowering blooms arrive in early-to-mid April. The vibrant colors of the desert marigold and slickrock paintbrush are some of the first wildflowers to appear in Zion.

In the lower parts of Zion Canyon, natural springs create lush habitats that stand out among the desert landscape. And in the spring, these habitats are home to a variety of other flowers, including golden columbine, scarlet lobelia, and shooting star. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot these hanging from cliff walls near Weeping Rock or Emerald Pools.

One of the most unique phenomena that occurs during the spring season is the night-blooming flowers. Several species of flowers, including the Bridge’s evening primrose and the sacred datura, grow in the spring, but only bloom at night when temperatures are cooler.

Besides the flowers, other lush plants bloom throughout the canyon this season. One great spot to enjoy a spring hike is Riverside Walk, also known as the trail that leads to The Narrows. Thanks to the Virgin River, which this trail follows, this area of the canyon is often full of lush foliage this time of year.

Planning a Spring Stay in Our Zion National Park Hotel

If you’ve never had the chance to visit our Zion National Park hotel during the spring, make 2024 the year that you do. There’s still plenty of time to experience the cooler temperatures, sparse crowds, and beautiful blooms before they make way for the popular summer season in Southern Utah.

Need another great reason to plan a stay at Zion Wildflower Resort? How about the chance to save big on your stay? When you book a stay of two or more nights at our resort before May 31, you’ll enjoy a 20 percent discount on your booking. Book today to take advantage of these savings!

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