Get Outside

Celebrate spring with our roundup of some of the West's best natural wonders.

Temple of the Sun in Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park, image

Temple of the Sun is in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.

The days are getting longer and temperatures are slowly rising. If you’re tired of being cooped up, head to warmer climates to see giant, spiky cacti; or clear your head near a serene lake in Great Basin National Park. Need to laugh? Visit a Utah state park with funky rock formations resembling mushrooms and gnomes. Need to feel inspired? Visit carpeted fields of wildflowers or gaze up at towering geological wonders. Our roundup shares some surprising natural delights in the West.

Best cactus spots: Spiky giants in Arizona and Southern California

Wildflowers in the West: Bountiful blooms herald in springtime

Great Basin National Park: Nevada's mountain lakes and ancient trees

Goblin Valley: Rocks shaping the imagination in Utah

Giant rocks: Four massive stone formations around the West

Photography courtesy of National Park Service

This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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