Things To Do in Utah in September

If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, here are some great things to do in Utah during September. The temperatures are mild to enjoy outdoor activities all over the state, making it one of the best times to visit Utah!

You’ll find fun places to visit in Utah and activities to do in September like hiking, boating, scenic drives, picking apples, or riding in a hot air balloon!

things to do in Utah in September

With its mild temperatures and stunning landscapes, planning a September vacation to Utah is perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors!

We have lived in Utah for over 20 years and get to explore the state often. September is one of our favorite months for outdoor activities. Here’s a list of our favorite things to do in Utah this time of year!

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A Photo Tour of Utah National Parks

Take a visual tour through all five Utah National Parks to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

What to Expect in Utah in September

One thing many people don’t know is the state of Utah is usually divided into two regions: northern and southern. It’s important to note where the various Utah vacation spots are located around the state. A drive from Salt Lake City in the north to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours.

You’ll find most of Utah’s biggest cities (like Salt Lake City and Park City) in the North. These cities provide vibrant main streets and downtown centers with night life, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts. 

In Northern Utah you’ll find mountains, forests, lakes and reservoirs where you can hike, boat, stargaze or camp. September is a wonderful time to enjoy the mountains with the cool, fresh air!

As you leave the north and head toward the south, you pass by small towns with limited services. You’ll find all 5 Utah National Parks in Southern Utah. Because the weather is moderate in September, it’s a busy time of year at the National Parks!

fall foliage in Utah
Fall foliage in Utah

Utah September Weather

You seriously can’t beat the Utah weather in September!! Yes, an unexpected storm can roll through and bring rain and cold air. It usually doesn’t snow in September, but it’s always a possibility. If it does, it’s usually a light dusting high on the mountain tops!

In the north, the average temperatures in September are: highs 79 / lows 58 degrees F. Temperatures are still pretty hot southern Utah. The average temperatures in September: highs 98 / lows 63 degrees F.

What To Wear In Utah In September

We recommend layers for the cool mornings and evenings. It’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection in September. If you’ll be doing any outdoor activities, we recommend the following:

Is September a Good Time to Visit Utah?

We think September is one of the best times to visit Utah because the weather is amazing all over the state! You can enjoy all the outdoor summer time activities in September without the heat you find in July and August!

And the fall foliage you’ll see in Utah in September is the cherry on top for your vacation this time of year!

Fruita Capitol Reef Gifford House
Capitol Reef Gifford House

Things to Do in Utah in September

If you’re planning to visit Utah in September, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do:

September Hiking in Utah

In September you’ll enjoy cooler temperatures and maybe view colorful autumn leaves depending on the location of the hike or activity.

There are plenty of Utah fall hikes that offer a variety of different terrains all around the state.

If you want to do any fall hiking in Utah National Parks, we recommend you hit the trails early or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds!

September Activities and Tours in Utah

Enjoy the beautiful views and outdoor Utah fall activities at the National Parks like biking, off-roading, canyoneering, and even picking fresh fruit in the Capitol Reef orchards!

You’ll find Utah National Parks tours that provide a fun and unique way to explore the park and surrounding area:

  • Guided hike tours
  • Horseback riding tours
  • ATV and Jeep tours
  • Photography tours
  • Stargazing tours
alpine loop scenic drive in the fall
Alpine Loop Scenic Drive in the fall

September Scenic Drives in Utah

Utah is a beautiful state known for its scenic and picturesque drives. The state has more than 400,000 miles of roads to explore. In September you can enjoy viewing fall foliage along many of these Utah Scenic Drives!

Alpine Loop Scenic Drive – The drive is 20 miles along Highway 92 from the mouth of American Fork Canyon to the connection with Highway 189 in Provo Canyon. In the fall, Alpine Loop Scenic Drive is a terrific place to see fall foliage, but the road will get crowded. We recommend early morning to avoid the crowds!

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway – The drive is 56 miles from Kamas to the Wyoming state line. For a day trip, we recommend you drive as far as Mirror Lake then return back to Kamas. Mirror Lake scenic drive is a terrific place to see fall foliage! Be sure to stop at Provo River Falls and Mirror Lake to take photos.

Scenic Byway 12 – The drive is along a winding, country road 124 miles long from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef. Plan an average speed of 40 miles per hour as you estimate your drive time. The Boulder Mountain section of the drive sits above 9,000 feet. The yellow aspen in the fall are so pretty along this route!

We really enjoy the Utah National Parks GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the-scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location as you drive through each park!

Mesa Arch at sunrise
Mesa Arch at sunrise

September Photography in Utah

The landscape of Utah ranges from arid deserts with sandstone cliffs to forested mountain valleys, deep canyons, and red rock monoliths. It’s truly a photographer’s dream!

In September we enjoy the cool mornings and evenings at sunrise and sunset when the light is the best for taking landscape photos. Be sure to have your fleece jacket with you, and you may even need a winter hat or winter gloves depending on the weather.

Here’s a list of our favorite photography spots in Utah for taking pictures in September:

Milky way over fins in Arches National Park

September Stargazing in Utah

Did you know that Utah as the highest concentration of certified International Dark Sky Parks in the world!? We definitely recommend you take time to view the night skies during your vacation.

If you want to see or photograph the milky way, it’s visible from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm in September during the new moon phase.

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Funnel Cakes booth at a state fair
State Fair funnel cakes

September Utah State Fair and Rodeo

The Utah State Fair is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, Utah for 10 days in September. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious fair food, carnival rides, and more.

The Utah’s Own Rodeo is held the first weekend of the Utah State Fair. It’s been one of the top rodeos in the state for over 35 years. Watch the rodeo in the amazing 10,000 seat, state of the art, “Days of ’47” outdoor arena!

September Events at Gardner Village WitchFest

From mid-September through Halloween, historic Gardner Village is decked out in witch-y celebration. The Gardner Village WitchFest includes everything from races (5K, 10K and half marathon), an escape room and scavenger hunts, to the decades-long tradition of Witches Night Out. Gardner Village is located in West Jordan, Utah.

Hot air balloons
Hot air balloons

September Autumn Aloft in Park City

September has to be the most perfect month to visit Park City! With highs around 70 and lows around 40 degrees F, you can’t beat the weather! The fall foliage will be all around you as you enjoy some of the fun activities at Park City!

Each September, for one weekend, the skies above Park City fill with hot air balloons. The Autumn Aloft launch happens Saturday and Sunday at 8am, and is free for spectators.

September Events at Rowley’s Red Barn

Located in Santaquin, Rowley’s Red Barn has fall activities to enjoy like picking apples, hay maze, pumpkin patch, apple cannon, a corn pit, and more! Be sure to grab the best fresh cider in Utah while you’re there!

Utah Travel Guides & Maps

Utah guides and maps

Places to Stay in Utah

Utah Bucket List

To help make your trip planning easier, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of must-do activities that belong on every Utah Bucket List: things to see, do and taste all around the state! Grab the free download by clicking the graphic below!

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