Scenic Trips To Go On This Spring

Scenic road trips are an American tradition and spring is a great time to explore. We’ve focused on western drives that truly inspire. With great vistas, stunning wildflowers, and awesome adventures you’re sure to remember these scenic trips this spring.

Arizona

Catalina Highway

This scenic route in Southern Arizona is renowned for the 28 miles traveling up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains, just northeast of Tucson. It’s a lovely paved road that starts at the desert floor and rises over 6,000 ft.

At lower elevations, you’ll see the saguaro cacti, mesquite trees, and cholla plants of the Sonoran Desert. Later, stands of oak, juniper, and pinyon pines dot the landscape. Finally, pine forests, fir, aspen, and spring wildflowers such as Mexican golden poppies and red fairy dusters blanket the fields.

With plenty of campgrounds, picnic sites, and scenic views along the way it’s worth a leisurely drive.

California

Antelope Valley

Take the Antelope Valley Freeway (Route 14) if you want to see breathtaking displays of California’s state flower – the Golden poppy. The flower actually comes in shades of orange, red, white, gold, and pink and puts on a spectacular show.

This trip highlights the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve with eight miles of trails and over 17,600 acres packed with wildflowers. Besides poppies, you’ll see fiddlenecks, creamcups, goldfields, and tidytips.

Stop at the visitor’s center to get the inside scoop on the blooms. They can begin as early mid-March and run as late as May.

Colorado

No list would be complete without a few from our home state. Why not explore close to home? Colorado’s spectacular!

Pikes Peak

This winding stretch of tarmac just west of Colorado Springs takes about three hours to traverse comfortably, but it’s worth every minute. It rises 14,100 feet and offers many habitats and a spectacular and varied showing of wildflowers during the spring.

You’ll also find plenty of places to stop along the way to take photos, stretch your legs, or even go fishing.

San Juan Skyway

This scenic drive offers Wild West history, prehistoric artefacts, wildlife, and stunning views. You’ll travel through dense forests, huge valleys, and up craggy peaks.

The entire route takes seven hours, but you might want to linger since there’s so much to see and do. May is the best time to visit if you want to see spring blooms and sidestep bad weather.

Idaho

Western Heritage Historic Byway

Spring is a great time to spot giant birds of prey such as the majestic golden eagle in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The best time to visit is March through May.

The 47-mile trek offers breathtaking views of the Owyhee Mountains. The road runs through sagebrush and along the canyon rims. You’ll also find several museums and historic sites on the route to explore.

New Mexico

High Road to Taos

This scenic drive takes 2 1/2 hours without stops. You can also do the Low Road on the return trip for even more adventure.

The High Road starts in the desert and you’ll pass through orchards and cottonwoods. Visit the Taos Pueblo compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On the return trip, stop at any of the many Rio Grande wineries. You may also see many species of Rocky Mountain wildflowers on your journey.

Texas

Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail

This Drive-Yourself tour winds its way through waterfront communities and it’s a photographer’s dream. This area’s best seen in April, but you may spot wildflowers as early as mid-March.

Common wildflowers include bluebonnets, Texas paintbrush, sunflowers, coreopsis, and black-eyed Susans and they’re especially dense between Austin and San Antonio and San Marcos and Fredericksburg.

Utah

Highway 12 Scenic Byway

This 124-mile road is ideal to visit in the spring before it gets too hot. It runs through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.

Even though it’s not a long road, you will travel slowly. There’s so much to see and do you couldn’t possibly travel quickly. Spectacular sandstone formations, Ancient Puebloan ruins, dinosaur bones, interpretive centers, and museums make this an unforgettable drive.

Before you set out on your scenic drive, check your Colorado auto insurance policy. We want you to stay safe so you can make positive memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.