Spring Break on a Budget

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Michael Santos explores the grounds of Zion National Park. He loves the outdoors and always seems to be camping, hiking, and rock climbing on his free time. It’s definitely a fun and cheap way to spend a weekend. Photo courtesy of Michael Santos

Michael Santos explores the grounds of Zion National Park. He loves the outdoors and always seems to be camping, hiking, and rock climbing on his free time. It’s definitely a fun and cheap way to spend a weekend. Photo courtesy of Michael Santos

For those students who don’t have the funds, nor desire, to travel to Miami or Mexico for spring break, there are plenty of inexpensive and fun alternatives close to home. 

Only a three hour drive away from Ephraim is Moab, home to the Arches National Park. There are plenty of amazing hikes, trails for ATVs and motorcycles, and even rivers to go rafting on – all at a low cost. If hiking sounds fun, but red rock isn’t your thing, there are plenty of trails nearby that offer beautiful scenery.

In Sanpete, and nearby Juab, there are major trails to backpack and even rock climb. Maple Canyon, only 30 minutes from the Snow College campus, offers amazing rock climbing that people travel to from around the world to experience.
For those who are seeking a bit more thrill, skydiving is a quick fix if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush. Less than an hour from Ephraim, you can skydive in Nephi, Utah. “Skydiving is so fun!” Explained Shay Krebs, “I think everyone needs to try new things, even if they scare you, you’re view of the world will change- literally.”

If it’s warm weather that you are after, however, heading south for the break might sound like the best option. “I’m actually going backpacking in St. George this year.” Explained Natalie Hart, a freshman at Snow, “It will be fun to get some sun and get a taste of summer.”

The slot canyons, and even Angel’s Landing, are appealing destinations to many adventurous students. For those looking for fun closer to the city, there are a variety of cheap activities nearby.

The Festival of Colors will take place the final weekend of spring break in Salt Lake and Spanish Fork. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29 the Holi Festival of Colors will be held from 10am-6pm with a six dollar entrance fee. There you will be able to go spend time with friends, throw colored chalk, and have a blast, if you don’t mind getting dirty.

Haley Christiansen is the Editor-in-Chief for The Snowdrift. She has two years of experience writing for The Snowdrift and three years’ experience writing for her high school’s newspaper before that. She worked in editing as well as layout and design of the newspaper. Haley is a social science major and plans to go into secondary education.

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