Four Activities to Help You Get Into the Spring Spirit

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The start of spring is still a month away, according to the calendar. However, it’s never too early to start daydreaming about the return of warmer weather to the Wasatch front. The recent sunshine has left us more ready than ever to shed our layers to welcome the longer, warmer days. In Salt Lake City, there are many things to look forward to as spring approaches. Here’s a list of just a few of them:

Spring Hiking

While snow remains in the high mountains, spring brings a thaw to the lower elevations in and around the valley. With the lengthening days, it’s now possible to take a hike during the day. The trails along the Bonneville Shoreline are great for early spring hiking — just watch out if there’s been a recent storm or snow melting, as the trails can be muddy in places.

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Belly Dance Spring Fest

If you are sick of the monotonous gray, cold of winter, look no further. The annual Belly Dance Spring Fest, now in its 15th year, will take place at the Utah State Fairpark. The event is on March 5, and along with the dance performance there will be a colorful bazaar where vendors sell everything from jewelry to mehdi tattoos. Admission is $8 at the door, and children age five and under get in for free. The festivities last from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Camping

The nights remain cold in the high elevations, but early spring is a great time to take a trip down south. By the end of March, evening temperatures creep up enough to pitch a tent under the desert stars. With so many conveniently located camp spots just a short drive south of Salt Lake, there’s no need to wait for summer. A couple nights out in nature is sure to ease any pent-up winter restlessness.

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Flowers and Red Butte Garden

The winter months in the Salt Lake valley create some pretty dull scenery. The trees are bare, the grass is dead and the sky is gray. It can be a bit oppressive. Luckily the promise of spring brings with it a brightening of our surroundings. Flowering trees and tulips will be the first to pop up, making any walk a bit more hopeful. Red Butte Garden will also be waking up, trading barren branches for blooms and buds. The Bulbs and Blooms Festival takes place throughout the entire month of April, featuring garden tours, a bulb display and art exhibits.

Sometimes it can seem as if winter will last forever. With plenty of spring activities to indulge in close to home, it isn’t hard to shake off the winter blues and welcome the change in season with open arms.

f.rhinehart@dailyutahchronicle.com

@Unchained116

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