Death Valley can see highs above 100 degrees, even in the spring, but if you hike in the early morning, you can spend the afternoon in Furnace Creek's air-conditioned lodging and crystal pools. Another way to beat the heat: Head up the road to the trailhead for the hike to the summit of Telescope Peak, looming more than 11,000 feet over the sub-sea-level valley floor. — Photo by Image Source/Corbis
Believe it or not, while spring is almost at an end, many of the West's national parks remain snow-covered until July. So why not explore some of the Southwest's desert parks before the heat and the crowds arrive? Now is also a good time to head to Yellowstone for an early view of the wildlife. If you plan to visit national parks in the spring, here are seven great ones to explore.