Travel Guide For Visiting Utah in March

We’ve put together a guide of what it’s like to visit Utah in March, specifically the National Parks. The guide includes where to go, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay for a Utah vacation in March.

When looking for places to visit in Utah in the month of March, make sure you know the expected weather you may encounter!

tips for visiting Utah in March

March weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. Also the higher elevation temperatures will have more snow and 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. In March you’ll still need to be prepared for cold temperatures and the possibility of snow at any time 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 March

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

Northern Utah in March:

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

In March you can snowshoe, snow ski, snowmobile, and ice fish in the valleys and mountains in the Northern Utah areas. 

Southern Utah in March:

The drive from Northern to Southern Utah means passing through rural areas with small towns with limited services.

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. In March during spring break the parks will be crowded!

Also be prepared with winter clothing like waterproof layers and shoes when visiting most areas of Utah in March.

Before heading out to explore any National or Utah State Park, check with the visitor center for updated conditions. After a rain or snow storm hiking trails may close, or may require traction devices due to ice.

Utah Weather in March

Average March temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 55 / lows 36 degrees F. The average March precipitation in the Northern part of Utah:

  • Salt Lake City – 9 days / 1.8 inches
  • Logan – 9 days / 2.2 inches
  • Provo – 9 days / 1.6 inches
  • Alta – 13 days / 6.2 inches of snow
  • Park City – 9 days / 2 inches of snow

Average March temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 68 / lows 39 degrees F. The average March precipitation in the Southern part of Utah:

  • Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) – 5 days / 0.7 inches
  • Bryce Canyon – 6 days / 1.3 inches
  • Capitol Reef – 4 days / 0.5 inches
  • Cedar City – 6 days / 1.4 inches
  • Zion – 7 days / 2.0 inches
  • St. George – 5 days / 1 inch

It’s important to know the expected weather forecast and temperatures for the parks you’ll visit in March 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 March a Good Time to Visit Utah?

Decide the best times to visit Utah depends on the things you want to do!

Northern Utah: In March you can still enjoy winter activities like snow skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Southern Utah: The National Parks are popular destinations for Spring Break in Utah. Be prepared for crowds. The weather will be just right for outdoor activities.

Park City Utah in the winter
Park City, Utah in the winter

Things to Do in Utah in March

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

March Winter Activities in Utah

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park
Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Utah National Parks in March

All of the Utah National Parks are open year-round, and every single day in March. Visitor Center hours and services might still be limited in March so check the NPS website for the most updated information.

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 March:

Dead-Horse-Point-at-sunset-by-Photo-Jeepers
Dead Horse Point State Park

Utah State Parks in March

Here’s a list of Utah State Parks where you can enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, photography, and stargazing in March:

Hiking Trail at Bryce Canyon
Hiking Trail at Bryce Canyon

Hiking in Utah in March

In the mountains of Northern Utah you may still need snowshoes or traction devices on trails that are snow-covered or icy.

In Southern Utah the trails should be free of snow, but may be wet since March 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:

Zion National Park scenic drive
Zion National Park scenic drive

Utah Scenic Drives in March

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

sunrise at the Bryce Canyon amphitheater
Sunrise at the Bryce Canyon

Utah Photography in March

You’ll still need to be prepared for cold temperatures in March in Utah. The sunrise and sunset times aren’t too early or too late this time of year.

Photography spots in Utah:

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!

milky way over fins near Sand Dune Arch
Milky way over fins in Arches National Park

Utah Stargazing in March

Utah 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 March from 3 am until sunrise you can see and photograph the milky way!

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

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