With Spring Break just 4 weeks away for us sleep-deprived students, I am hearing this question a lot from friends, family, and random people just scrambling to make plans in time for a grand adventure. Spring Break is an oh-so-fabulous vacation with many, many affordable options ideal for a college student seeking a break and a chance to discover a new place. Now I believe that depending on what kind of person you are, you will obviously have a different spring break location. I am here today to introduce you to some great trip ideas that you might not normally consider!

First of all, if you are from Texas, or go to school there: STOP. You are in the middle of spring break heaven. Texas at spring break is one of THE best times to visit the outdoors. The weather is typically in the 70s and everything is green. But with the geographic span of most countries, where-oh-where to go? It depends. I personally, recommend the state parks. There is something for everyone.

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK ranks pretty high on my list (although not a state park)

“There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.”

With altitudes that range from the desert lowlands to the pretty high Chisos Mountains, you will not run out of anything to see here; The park is HUGE. If you like the rugged wilderness, the occasional bear and mountain lion sighting, spectacular hikes with a view for hundreds of miles, and anything out of the ordinary, then make the 6 or so hour trek out to the Rio Grande.

Big Bend National Park

LOST MAPLES STATE NATURAL AREA, the jewel of the Texas Hill Country.

This park captured my attention when we drove past in on a scenic drive near Vanderpool, Texas. The Texas Hill Country truly is heaven on earth and this park has it all. The peak season for this park is the fall, when the thousands of Maple Trees shine their fall foliage, leaving the park visitors wondering, “Is this really Texas?” Nonetheless, if you like camping, hiking, and photography, then visiting this park is a must.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

While camping and hiking are my favorite activities any time of the year, I have always enjoyed skiing for spring break the most. There is something majestic about the mountains that I cannot resist and for this reason, skiing is my #1 spring break choice.

TAOS NEW MEXICO (I can’t write a blog about spring break without mentioning Taos!)

Hit the slopes, man. The powder. The mountain. The people. The town. EVERYTHING about this ski resort is perfect. This mountain is for SERIOUS skiers and Taos means business. When I went last spring break, we skied on fresh powder everyday. There’s a reason Taos is constantly ranked #1 in New Mexico and constantly compared to Colorado Ski Resorts – You NEED to go here. Not only is it 8 hours from Abilene, but the prices make this trip perfect for a group of college kids. Lodging in Taos is simple, just get a hotel and split the cost. The mountain is an easy 30 minute drive AND you can leave your ski rentals on the slope overnight. SO convenient. Price to ski? It’s a little more expensive than Angel Fire and Santa Fe, but entirely less expensive than Colorado. With rentals and lift ticket, it costs $97/day. But if you only ski 2 days and you split the hotel cost, your trip total is around $250.

Day 1 at Taos Ski Valley

While I could go on and on about Spring Break destinations, I hope these 3 places opened your eyes to somewhere new. But for real, GET OUTSIDE. Enjoy nature. See God’s creation, do something new! What suggestions do y’all have for Spring Break?!!

Ashton Darrow | nature lover, adventure seeker

(Header photo is of Lost Maples State Natural Area)


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