Top 10 Things to Do in Salt Lake City in the Spring

Spring in Salt Lake City showcases all the wonder that Utah has to offer. With the snow at the lower elevations melting away, the city comes to life with a burst of vibrant colors and countless outdoor activities.

Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures or a visitor seeking to explore, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do. From outdoor recreation to cultural experiences, here are the top 10 things to do in Salt Lake City during the spring season.

1. Ski and Sightsee at Snowbird

Alpine views of the Wasatch Mountain Range at Snowbird.

While the winter snow may be melting in the valley, the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City still offer plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding well into the spring months. Snowbird Ski Resort, located just a short drive from the city, boasts some of the best spring skiing conditions in the country. With its high elevation and north-facing slopes, Snowbird typically sees deep snow well into May or even June, making it a must-visit destination for snow sports enthusiasts.

Ride the tram at Snowbird any time of year. Photo credit: Snowbird Resort

Not big on shredding the slopes? Snowbird has plenty of other ways to entertain. For example, the stunning views from the tram ride make it a fun activity for the whole family. You’ll gain nearly 3,000 feet of elevation over the 13-minute ride to the top of Hidden Peak. At the top, snack on some grub at The Summit — the highest-elevation restaurant in Utah — while overlooking the Wasatch Mountains and the skiers on the slopes below.

2. Plan a Date Night at the Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency in downtown Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Hyatt Regency

Treat yourself and your loved one to a memorable date night at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City. This luxury hotel offers an array of amenities and experiences perfect for a romantic evening out.

Outdoor rooftop seating at Mar | Muntanya. Photo credit: Hyatt Regency

Indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, including Mar | Muntanya. This restaurant features sensational Northern Spanish cuisine alongside breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lively downtown streets. The reservable climate-controlled globe dining offers a unique and intimate experience sure to make your night special.

Then, sip handcrafted cocktails at the trendy Contribution Cocktail Longue or unwind at the heated rooftop pool. With its upscale ambiance and impeccable service, the Hyatt Regency will surely make your springtime date night unforgettable — or even your entire trip if you choose to stay in one of the hotel’s well-appointed rooms.

3. Explore Red Butte Garden

Relaxing at the top of the Living Room trail.

Spring is the perfect time to explore the natural beauty of Red Butte Garden. Located on the eastern edge of the University of Utah campus, this botanical garden features over 100 acres of meticulously curated gardens, walking paths, and natural areas. Visitors can stroll through colorful displays of spring flowers, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and attend special events and concerts held throughout the season.

Looking to explore a little further? Take a hike up the neighboring Living Room Trail for fantastic sky-high views overlooking campus and all of Salt Lake City. This 2.5-mile out-and-back trek scales the rolling Wasatch foothills to an outstanding viewpoint that has been “furnished” with rock slabs that have been arranged to create living room-like seating. It’s quite comfortable and a great way to relax once you’ve reached the hike’s summit.

4. Visit Temple Square

No visit to Salt Lake City is complete without a stop at Temple Square, the city’s most iconic landmark. In the spring, the square comes alive with blooming flowers, making it the perfect time to explore its historic buildings, beautiful gardens, and tranquil fountains. Visitors can take guided tours of the Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle, and other significant sites or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

5. Hike Ensign Peak

For more breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley and surrounding mountains, head to Ensign Peak. This short but scenic hike is located just north of downtown Salt Lake City and offers panoramic vistas of the city skyline, Great Salt Lake, and snow-capped peaks in the distance. With its easy accessibility and stunning scenery, Ensign Peak is a popular destination for hikers of all skill levels.

6. Take a Scenic Drive

Spring is the perfect time to hit the road and explore the scenic beauty of the Salt Lake City area. From the rugged landscapes of Big Cottonwood Canyon to the picturesque shores of Antelope Island, there are countless opportunities for scenic drives within easy reach of the city. Pack a picnic, roll down the windows, and enjoy the fresh mountain air as you take in the stunning views.

7. Tour the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Located on the University of Utah campus, this world-class museum features an impressive collection of artwork spanning thousands of years and cultures. From ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out special exhibitions and events happening throughout the spring.

8. Attend a Sporting Event

Salt Lake City is home to several professional sports teams, offering plenty of opportunities for sports fans to catch a game during the spring season. Whether you’re into basketball, soccer, or baseball, there’s always something exciting happening at venues like the Delta Center and America First Field. Grab a hot dog, cheer on the home team, and experience the thrill of live sports in Salt Lake City.

9. Explore Antelope Island State Park

Adventurous folks — put this at the top of your Salt Lake City to-do list. Just a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City lies Antelope Island State Park, a pristine wilderness area nestled in the Great Salt Lake.

Spring is an ideal time to visit the park, as temperatures are mild and wildlife is abundant. Hike or bike along scenic trails, spot wild bison and other native animals, and relax on the park’s sandy beaches. Don’t forget your camera — the sunsets over the lake are truly spectacular.

10. Bike Any Way You’d Like

Salt Lake City boasts picturesque biking routes that cater to riders of all skill levels. Whether you’re cruising through downtown streets, tackling mountain trails, or following scenic pathways along the Jordan River, there’s something for everyone.

Rent a road bike or e-bike for the day to further explore the city. Many streets have designated bike lanes, and some areas even have separated bike paths, making biking safer and more convenient.

And springtime is when the area’s mountain biking trails become accessible once again. Try the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Eagle Mountain in early spring, then venture out to higher elevations as the snowpack retreats.

Venture to Salt Lake City this Spring

SLC has much to offer for visitors, from downtown streets to mountain peaks. Photo credit: Visit Salt Lake

From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences to romantic evenings out, Salt Lake City offers something for everyone to enjoy during the spring season. Explore the area’s natural beauty and make memories that will last a lifetime in this vibrant and dynamic city.

Arthur McMahon

Arthur loves to walk. It's as simple as that. He believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was his first backpacking foray, and he hasn't stopped since. Follow his adventures and stories on Instagram.