Travel Guide For Visiting Utah in November

If you’re wondering what it’s like visiting Utah in November, we’ve written this guide that includes where to go, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay.

When looking for places to visit in Utah in the month of November, it’s important to know the expected weather you may encounter this time of year.

Visiting Utah in November

November temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah, with those in the south about 10 degrees warmer. Keep in mind the higher elevation temperatures will be cooler than the average by 10 to 20 degrees.

There are fun places to to go in Utah in the fall like exploring the National and State Parks. You can also still do many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives, and photography.

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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 November

The state of Utah is usually divided into two regions: northern and southern.

Northern Utah:

Salt Lake City and Park City are the largest cities in Northern Utah. You’ll find vibrant main streets and downtown centers with nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts. 

Northern Utah is also home to mountains, forests, lakes and reservoirs where you can hike, boat, stargaze or camp. 

You can still enjoy hiking and biking during the day in the Northern Utah mountains before the snow starts to fall!

Southern Utah:

Driving from the north to Southern Utah you’ll pass small towns with limited services.

Take note where the various Utah vacation spots are located around the state. A drive from Salt Lake City to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours.

You’ll find all 5 Utah National Parks in Central and Southern Utah. In November the crowds begin to diminish and the weather conditions aren’t too cold yet to enjoy outdoor activities. Keep in mind that Thanksgiving Weekend will be busy at all 5 parks so try to avoid that time if you can.

There’s an equally stunning list of Utah State Parks and National Monuments around the state to hike, bike, and off-road.

Utah Weather in November

The weather in November in Utah becomes much cooler. Average precipitation is 1.5 inches of rain/snow, with snow likely at locations in the high elevations of Utah. You have a better chance to avoid snow by visiting the first half of November compared to late November.

Average temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 51 / lows 36 degrees F.

Average temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 63 / lows 40 degrees F.

It’s important to know the expected weather forecast and temperatures for the parks you’ll visit in November so we’ve written detailed guides for each National Park in Utah:

Remember to stay hydrated and use sun protection, even in the cooler months like November. If you’ll be doing any outdoor activities, we recommend the following:

Is November a Good Time to Visit Utah?

We really enjoy traveling around Utah in November. It’s one of the best times to visit Utah because the crowds at the popular destinations are diminishing. 

Yet the weather and daytime temperatures aren’t too cold to really enjoy all the outdoor activities you can do in Utah.

Things to Do in Utah in November

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

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah National Parks in November

All of the Utah National Parks are open year-round, and every single day in November. The Visitor Center at all five parks will have shortened hours in November, and they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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 November:

Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah

Utah State Parks in November

Check out this 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 November:

Turret Arch through the North Window at Arches National Park.

Hiking in Utah in November

We enjoy hiking in November in Utah. 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-Mount Carmel Tunnel
Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel

Utah Scenic Drives in November

In November the Utah scenic drives in the lower elevations around the state are open to explore – here’s a list of the ones we recommend: 

Sunrise at Capitol Reef National Park

Utah Photography in November

Late fall is a good time of year to photograph the beautiful landscapes you see in Utah because the light isn’t as harsh as it is during the summer. You’ll find deserts with sandstone cliffs, forested mountains, deep canyons, and red rock monoliths to photograph.

In November the sunrise and sunset times aren’t too early or too late:

Here’s a list of our favorite year-round photography spots in Utah:

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

starry sky through the North Window at Arches National Park
Stars seen at Arches National Park through the North Window.

Utah Stargazing in November

You won’t find a better location than Utah for stargazing! Did you know that Utah has 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. And better yet, photograph the milky way at these Utah locations!

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

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