Travel Guide For Visiting Utah in August

We’ve put together a guide of what it’s like to visit Utah in August. You’ll find many places to visit in Utah in the month of August 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 August.

Visiting Utah in August

August weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. The higher elevations will be cooler than the lower elevations by 10 to 20 degrees.

The month of August is hot and not the best time to visit Utah, especially if you want to enjoy the outdoor activities at the National and State Parks around the state.

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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 August

Utah is divided into two regions: Northern Utah and Southern Utah. Here’s what to expect when you visit each part of the state in August.

Northern Utah in August:

You’ll find terrific shopping, restaurants, and night life at the three large cities in Northern Utah: Salt Lake City, Park City, and Provo.

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

Southern Utah in August:

It’s important to note that most of the way driving from Northern to Southern Utah you’ll be 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. August is a HOT and popular time of year to visit. Be prepared for crowds and take note if permits are required to enter or participate in the activities you want to do!

Before heading out to explore any National or Utah State Park, check with the visitor center at each destination for the most current information.

Utah Weather in August

Average August temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 92 / lows 67 degrees F. The average August precipitation in the Northern part of Utah:

  • Salt Lake City – 5 days / 0.6 inches
  • Logan – 5 days / 0.7 inches
  • Provo – 5 days / 0.7 inches
  • Alta – 9 days / 2.1 inches
  • Park City – 6 days / 1.2 inches

Average August temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 100 / lows 70 degrees F. The average August precipitation in the Southern part of Utah:

  • Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) – 6 days / 0.9 inches
  • Bryce Canyon – 10 days / 1.9 inches
  • Capitol Reef – 8 days / 1.1 inches
  • Cedar City – 6 days / 1.3 inches
  • Zion – 6 days / 1.6 inches
  • St. George – 3 day / 1.1 inches

We’ve written detailed guides about the weather for each National Park in Utah:

Remember that Utah is a high elevation, high desert location. It’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection for any outdoor activities in August:

Summer Monsoon Season in Utah

Monsoon season in Utah is in full swing during the month of August.

The summer monsoon rain means increased potential for flash floods! When hiking in any of Southern Utah’s streams, washes or canyons – it’s extremely important that you plan around the weather.

We recommend you check with Rangers for any threat of flash floods before hiking in Utah National Parks.

Is August 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!

In August you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, boating, stargazing, off-roading, or camping in the mountains, forests, lakes, reservoirs, red rock canyons, and deserts.

Zion Narrows hiking trail
Zion Narrows hiking trail

Things to Do in Utah in August

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

Utah National Parks in August

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

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 August:

Utah Lake at sunset
Utah Lake at sunset

Utah State Parks in August

Here’s a list of Utah State Parks where you can enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, photography, and stargazing in the month of August!

hiking at Needles Canyonlands
hiking at Needles Canyonlands

Hiking in Utah in August

Hiking in Utah is one of the best ways to experience this beautiful state. In August you’ll want to limit your hiking to the cooler mornings and evenings and avoid the hot daytime temperatures.

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:

Zion National Park scenic drive
Zion National Park scenic drive

Utah Scenic Drives in August

Utah has more than 400,000 miles of roads to explore. Here’s a list of scenic drives you can enjoy in August!

sunset at White Pocket by Photo Jeepers
Sunset at White Pocket

Utah Photography in August

Utah’s stunning landscape features deserts, sandstone cliffs, forested mountains, deep canyons, and red rock monoliths. It’s truly a photographer’s dream!

Here’s a list of the best photography spots at Utah National Parks and surrounding areas:

Arches and Moab Photography

Bryce Canyon Photography

Canyonlands Photography

Capitol Reef Photography

Zion and Kanab Photography

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 August

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 August you can see and photograph the milky way from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am.

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

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