Travel Guide For Visiting Utah in March

We’ve put together a guide of what it’s like to visit Utah in March. It’s still not quite the busy season at the popular vacation spots, making it one of the best months to visit Utah for outdoor activities to explore the state and its extraordinary national parks.

In March you’ll still need to be prepared for cold temperatures and the possibility of snow at any time around the state! Weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah, with those in the south about 10 degrees warmer. 

tips for visiting Utah in March

There are a lot of Utah spring break ideas – from the stark, dramatic landscapes of Arches National Park, to the breathtaking views of Zion National Park. Plus, March is just at the tail end of the ski season, so you could even hit the slopes if you fancy.

We have lived in Utah for over 20 years and travel around the state often. The tips we share are based on our experiences visiting various Utah locations, especially in March. This guide details places to visit, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay for a Utah vacation in March.

Use our Utah Packing Lists to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in March! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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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. It’s important to keep up with road and weather conditions when visiting in March.

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. Keep in mind that it will be crowded the last part of March around spring break at all the parks!

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

Here’s a summary of the average Utah weather in March around the state:

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:

spring hiking gear

Is March a Good Time to Visit Utah?

Deciding the best times to visit Utah depends on the things you want to do! Here’s a summary of the activities you can do in March:

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.

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

Things to Do in Utah in March

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

Utah National Parks in March

All five Utah National Parks in March are open 24/7 every single day. 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 the most updated National Park reservations required for the parks you’ll visit.

Enjoy spring activities in Utah National Parks like hiking, biking, scenic drives, off-roading, landscape photography, and more!

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

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. Here are a few of our favorite State Parks in Utah to visit 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. Layers are key for hiking in Utah in March.

There are plenty of trails for spring hiking in Utah National Parks, State parks, National forests, and Wilderness areas. You’ll find a trail for any level of hiker from gentle, scenic routes perfect for beginners to steep, rugged trails that will test even the most experienced hiker’s stamina, the variety is endless.

Check out these fun spring hiking ideas around Utah at all five Utah National Parks:

Zion National Park scenic drive
Zion National Park scenic drive

Utah Scenic Drives in March

Utah is a stunningly beautiful state, with miles of breathtaking landscapes to explore. In March the Utah Scenic Drives in the lower elevations around the state are open to explore.

The scenic drives in Utah National Parks offer some of the best views and landscapes in America. All five parks have a road to explore the various points of interest with things to see, do and photograph at each stop.

Have you heard about the Utah National Parks GuideAlong App? It’s a great way to have your own private guide to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.

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.

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

There are so many photo spots around Utah to capture images of the diverse and unique landscape around the state!

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:

Utah Tours in March

You’ll find a variety of tours around Utah in March: hiking, rock climbing, photography, off-roading, and more! At the Utah National Parks there are guided tour to explore the red rock landscape!

tent camping at Arches
Camping at Arches National Park

Utah Camping in March

Utah is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with its vast array of national parks and monuments offering a wealth of camping opportunities. In Northern Utah, March is still too early for camping in the mountains.

In Southern Utah, you’ll find options for camping at all five Utah National Parks as well as RV Parks and BLM campgrounds near each park. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot in nature or a bustling campground with plenty of amenities, there is something for everyone when it comes to camping in Utah’s national parks.

Utah Travel Guides & Maps

Utah guides and maps

Places to Stay in Utah in March

Utah Bucket List of Things To Do

To find even MORE fun things to do in March, 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 printable by clicking the graphic below!

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