Spring Break, Southwestern Style
From the mountains of New Mexico to the national parks of Utah, here’s where to go to take advantage of what is arguably the Southwest’s best season
One Last Run
Thanks to a few good spring storms, Taos Ski Valley has extended their season through April 9, and with a brand new lift-side hotel, now is the perfect time to head to the mountains of northern New Mexico. Check in to The Blake at Taos Ski Valley and head right out to lift 1 — this is one hotel where lift-side isn’t an exaggeration. Spend the day on the slopes, breaking only for beers and brats at The Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant, then end your day in either the spa or the bar, depending on your preferred mode of relaxation.
Highlight: The hotel’s public spaces double as an art gallery, featuring works by Taos- and Santa Fe-based artists.
The (Not So) Rough Life
Explore Utah’s national parks in comfort and style with the new Mighty 5® Signature Tour, a 10-day journey through Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Head out on a guided hike during the day, soaking in the expansive views of red rocks and ancient petroglyphs, then return to a gourmet dinner and luxe guestroom at some of the region’s best inns and restaurants.
Highlight: A full-time, dedicated concierge accompanies guests in a separate vehicle to ensure a stress-free voyage.
Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the recently renovated Hilton Tucson El Conquistador provides the perfect home base for hiking, riding and biking through Catalina State Park. Set out early for a sunrise hike to Romero Pools — the steep and rocky climb is worth it when you spot the fresh, clear pools of water. After a morning of exploring, head back to the resort and enjoy poolside snacks and cocktails.
Highlight: The hotel’s center courtyard is peppered with fire pits, perfect for roasting marshmallows.