Best Utah National Parks Activities

You’ll find a fun list of ways to enjoy Utah National Parks activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, scenic drives, and photography.

We live just hours away from all five Utah National Parks so we’ve been able to visit during every season and during all types of weather. There are a variety of things to do year-round at each park.

Utah National Park activities

Check out our Utah National Park road trip itinerary that includes travel guides, packing checklists, and tips to help you plan your dream vacation to visit all of these amazing parks!

Depending on the time you visit, be sure to reference our packing list for Utah National Parks and get the free printable by clicking the graphic 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!

Utah National Parks Weather

Deciding the best time to visit Utah National Parks depends on the activities you want to do.

You’ll find different Winter Activities in Utah National Parks compared to the things you can do in the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Be sure you know the expected weather and temperatures for the parks you’ll visit in the winter months:

Utah National Parks Activities

Hiking in Utah National Parks is one of the best ways to see the natural beauty of the landscape in these areas. We’ll detail those trails below.

You’ll definitely want to pack your photography gear for hiking to capture things you see as you hike the trails.

We get asked often about the best photography spots at Utah National Parks. This list of activities will include those photo spots at every park!

list of fun Arches National Park activities

Activities at Arches National Park

From April through October you’ll need an Arches National Park Time Entry Ticket. Timed entry tickets will be required from 7 am to 4 pm.

You CAN visit Arches without a ticket as long as you enter the park before or after those times, which are the best times of day for Arches National Park photography anyway!

Check out all the Arches National Park activities you can do to explore the natural stone arches, stone pinnacles, rock fins, and large balanced rocks!

Bryce Canyon activities

Activities at Bryce Canyon National Park

Because Bryce Canyon has a high-elevation climate, weather conditions can be extremely variable throughout spring, fall and winter. There can be temporary road closures due to heavy snowfall or other significant, inclement weather.

Hiking is one of the most unique Bryce Canyon activities where you walk right along hoodoos, windows, arches, bridges, tunnels, waterfalls and more!

Canyonlands activities

Activities at Canyonlands National Park

There is no gas, food, or lodging (only campgrounds) at Canyonlands National Park so pack water, food, and proper clothing so you can be self-reliant.

You’ll find different things to do at Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles.

Here’s a list of Canyonlands National Park activities you can do any time of year!

Capitol Reef Activities

Activities at Capitol Reef National Park

Located in south-central Utah, you’ll see a landscape filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. Capitol Reef has unique things to do like picking fresh fruit in the orchards and enjoying homemade treats at the Gifford House

If you love the outdoors, you’ll find a variety of Capitol Reef National Park activities to enjoy year-round!

Zion National Park activities

Activities at Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the most visited Utah National Park so be prepared for crowds in the spring, summer, fall, and winter between Christmas and New Year’s. During these times, Zion Canyon is only accessible by using the Zion National Park Shuttle.

There are a variety of Zion National Park activities to explore this stunning location!

Utah Travel Guides & Maps

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Travel Guides for Utah National Parks

Check out our Utah National Park travel guides that detail the best things to see, do and photograph at all 5 parks!

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