Best Places to See Spring Blooms in the SLC Area

Mar 22, 2023 | Things to do in Utah

Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth; nothing embodies this more than the vibrant colors of spring flowers. Despite the generally dry and arid climate, Salt Lake City and surrounding areas have many places to see a stunning display of blooming flowers. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or just looking for a colorful outing, here are some of the best places to see spring flowers in and around Salt Lake City.

Red Butte Gardens

Red Butte Gardens is a botanical garden located on the eastern edge of the University of Utah campus. With over 100 acres of display gardens, walking paths, and natural areas, it is a great place to see a variety of spring flowers. The garden features over 450,000 bulbs that bloom in early spring, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. You can also enjoy the fragrance of lilacs, crabapple blossoms, and magnolias, all blooming as well. 

One of the most popular garden areas is the Rose Garden, which features over 1,500 roses of more than 100 varieties. The garden also has a Children’s Garden with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for little ones.

Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point

The Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point is an annual event from mid-April to mid-May. It features over 750,000 spring flowers in a variety of colors and varieties. The festival includes live music, food vendors, and various family-friendly activities. One of the festival’s highlights is the Golf Cart Tour, which takes visitors on a guided tour of the tulip fields. This ride is a great way to see the vast fields of tulips and learn about their history and cultivation. The festival is popular, so buy your tickets early.
Local Garden Shows

Several local garden shows in and around Salt Lake City are great places to see spring flowers. One of the most popular is the Utah Valley Home and Garden Expo in March. The expo features a variety of vendors selling plants, flowers, and gardening supplies. Visitors can also attend workshops and seminars on gardening topics.

Another popular garden show is the Salt Lake Home and Garden Festival, also in March. The festival features over 500 vendors, including plant and flower vendors, landscaping, and home improvement companies. Visitors can also attend seminars and workshops on gardening and home improvement topics. This year’s shows are over, but put it on your calendar for next year.

Hiking Trails

The Salt Lake area has many hiking trails that are great places to see spring flowers. The Donut Falls Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon is among the most popular. The trail is easy and is lined with wildflowers in the spring. 

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is another great option; a little closer to town with great views of the valley and puts you right in the middle of mountain wildflowers. Just watch out for mountain bikers on this trail, as it is multi-use.  

The Salt Lake City and surrounding areas have many places to see a stunning display of spring flowers. Whether you visit Red Butte Gardens, attend the Tulip Festival, explore local garden shows, or hike one of the many trails in the area, you will surely be amazed by the vibrant colors and fragrances of spring. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the beauty of nature at its best because you can bet we will. Maybe we’ll see you out there. 


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