West's Best National Parks in Spring

Itching for some fresh air and natural splendor? Welcome spring by exploring some of the West’s best national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and a few spots in between, here’s a bucket list for your vernal vacations.

Week 03.17.2021
Regions Northern & Southern CA

Truly Grand Day Hike

Hike the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point in the Grand Canyon

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Woman at Skeleton Point Grand Canyon
Woman hiking South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon
One of the best spring day hikes in the Grand Canyon? See layer upon layer of the park’s grandeur—including the river—on this 3-mile (one-way) journey to Skeleton Point via the South Kaibab Trail.
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Valley Rock 'n' Roll

Rent a Bike and Pedal Around Yosemite Valley

Imagine if there was a bike-friendly paved trail that circled Yosemite Valley’s floor, hitting all the highlights … well, in fact, there is! Rent your wheels and grab a map from the Yosemite Valley Lodge or Half Dome Village and forget about the buses. Just be ready to stretch yo
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The Ryan King

Hike Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park

At 5,456 feet, the summit of Ryan Mountain has the best view in the park. Its brilliant panoramic expanse, spanning desert to mountains, and—bonus—late afternoons can feature a sky tinged with lavender thanks to the low-sitting sun.
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Exclamation Point!

Hike the Classic Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

Maybe it’s the constant ocean breeze, or the burly tule elk, or the chance to see spouting gray whales: There’s something about Tomales Point Trail. It’s a simple 4.5-mile hike to a promontory overlooking the Pacific. But what you encounter along the way … well that’s pure Point Reyes.
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Island Traverse

Backpacking and camping on Santa Cruz Island on Channel Islands National Park

As the largest of the Channel Islands, Santa Cruz also has bragging rights to two mountain ranges. For a grand (and grandly scenic) tour, lace up the boots and go on a 15-mile (one-way) backpacking trek that traverses the eastern side of the island.
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Ready When You Are: Reno Tahoe

Wide Open Winter Adventures in Reno Tahoe

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Man in hot spring in Reno Tahoe
beer on tap at Alibi Reno Tahoe
With outdoors being essential for health and wellness, and new protocols in place, Reno Tahoe welcomes visitors! It's wide open with snowshoe trails, fire pits by the river, skating, and hot springs.
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