Travel Guide For Visiting Utah in April

We’ve put together a guide of what it’s like to visit Utah in April, specifically the National Parks.

You’ll find many places to visit in Utah in the month of April to add to your bucket list.

This guide includes where to go, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay for a Utah vacation in April.

Things to do in Utah in April

April weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. The higher elevations may still have snow and will be cooler than the lower elevations by 10 to 20 degrees.

There are a lot of Utah spring break ideas like exploring the National and State Parks.

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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!

Northern and Southern Utah in April

There are two main regions in Utah: Northern Utah and Southern Utah.

Northern Utah in April:

Salt Lake City, Park City, and Provo are the three main cities in Northern Utah. You’ll find main streets with shopping, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts. 

In April, the higher elevations in the mountains will still have snow so you might be able to snowshoe, snow ski, or snowmobile. The lower elevations might get a snow storm here or there, and the hiking trails may still be wet and muddy.

Southern Utah in April:

It’s important to note that the drive from Northern to Southern Utah means passing through rural areas with small towns, limited services, and spotty cell service.

Check to see where the Utah vacation spots are located around the state because a drive from Salt Lake City to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours.

All 5 Utah National Parks are located in Central and Southern Utah. They are popular destinations for Spring Break in Utah so be prepared for crowds!

Depending on the where you go, you may still need winter clothing. At the least, be prepared with waterproof layers and waterproof hiking shoes for the rain and snow in April

Before heading out to explore any National or Utah State Park, check with the visitor center for updated conditions.

Utah Weather in April

Average April temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 62 / lows 42 degrees F. The average April precipitation in the Northern part of Utah:

  • Salt Lake City – 10 days / 2.2 inches
  • Logan – 10 days / 2.3 inches
  • Provo – 10 days / 1.9 inches
  • Alta – 12 days / 4.8 inches of snow
  • Park City – 10 days / 2.3 inches of snow

Average April temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 75 / lows 46 degrees F. The average April precipitation in the Southern part of Utah:

  • Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) – 5 days / 0.7 inches
  • Bryce Canyon – 6 days / 0.8 inches
  • Capitol Reef – 5 days / 0.5 inches
  • Cedar City – 6 days / 1.2 inches
  • Zion – 6 days / 1.2 inches
  • St. George – 3 days / 0.7 inch

It’s good to be prepared for the expected weather forecast and temperatures for the parks you’ll visit in April so we’ve written detailed guides for each National Park in Utah:

In the spring it’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection for any outdoor activities:

Is April a Good Time to Visit Utah?

Trying to decide the best times to visit Utah? It really depends on the things you want to do!

Northern Utah: In April you can still enjoy winter activities like snow skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the mountains. You can enjoy the lower elevation hiking trails, but they might still be wet and muddy.

Southern Utah: Most Utah spring break ideas involve the National Parks in the state so be prepared for crowds. The weather will be just right for outdoor activities.

sunrise at the Bryce Canyon amphitheater
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon

Things to Do in Utah in April

If you’re planning a trip in April, here’s a fun list of things to do and places to visit in Utah.

Utah National Parks in April

All of the Utah National Parks are open year-round, and every single day in April. Be sure to check the NPS website for the most updated information for the Visitor Center hours and services available at each park in April

Some of the National Parks in Utah now have permits to enter or do certain activities, so be sure to check about reservations required when determining the best time to visit Utah National Parks.

We’ve written specific guides about visiting Utah National Parks in April:

Dead Horse Point State Park

Utah State Parks in April

In April, here’s a list of Utah State Parks where you can enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, photography, and stargazing!

Angel's Landing hike at Zion
Angel’s Landing hike at Zion National Park

Hiking in Utah in April

In April, the trails in the mountains of Northern Utah may still be snow-covered so you’ll still need snowshoes or traction devices.

In Southern Utah the trails should be free of snow, but may be wet since April is a rainy month.

There are plenty of trails that offer a variety of different terrains all around the state at National parks, State parks, National forests, and Wilderness areas.

Check out these fun Utah hiking ideas:

Red Canyon Tunnel along Highway 12
Red Canyon Tunnel along Highway 12

Utah Scenic Drives in April

The Utah scenic drives in the lower elevations around the state are open to explore in April: 

Sunrise at Grand View Point Canyonlands
Sunrise at Grand View Point Canyonlands

Utah Photography in April

You’ll still need to be prepared for cold temperatures in the morning and evening when taking pictures in April. Here’s a list of our favorite photo spots in Utah.

Arches and Moab Photography

Bryce Canyon Photography

Canyonlands Photography

Capitol Reef Photography

Zion and Kanab Photography

We highly recommend rechargeable hand warmers and photographer gloves for those cold early morning sunrise outings!

Check out this Utah National Parks Photography Guides bundle to take jaw-dropping photos at all 5 parks!

Balanced Rock with the milky way at Arches
Balanced Rock with the milky way at Arches

Utah Stargazing in April

Stargazing is a must-do activity in Utah. The state has the highest concentration of certified International Dark Sky Parks in the world. We definitely recommend you take time to view the Utah night skies during your vacation.

In April from 1 am until sunrise you can see and photograph the milky way!

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

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