Visiting Utah National Parks in August

If you’re planning a trip to visit the Utah National Parks in August, check out the vacation travel guide below to know what to expect.

Utah National Parks are some of the best places to visit in Utah, but August will be HOT! Keep reading for tips to avoid the heat so you can enjoy the National Parks in Utah during the month of August.

Utah national parks in August

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Utah’s National Parks. From Zion National Park with its soaring red cliffs to Bryce Canyon known for its spectacular hoodoos, there’s something for everyone in this stunning state.

We share tips to plan your August vacation to the Utah National Parks: what to pack, weather, things to do and places to stay for all five parks!

Use our Packing list for Utah National Parks to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in August (UV protection, hydration, and more)! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

Utah National Parks packing lists
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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 in August

All of the Utah National Parks are open every single day in August, 24/7.

If you’re planning a vacation to visit US National Parks in August, keep in mind that the five Utah parks will be HOT. Utah National Parks in the summer aren’t our favorite time of year to visit because of the heat and crowds.

Stay hydrated, eat salty snacks, use sun protection, and limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day! If you’re not used to dry heat, you’ll want lotion and lip balm handy!

Some of the National Parks in Utah now have permits to enter or do certain activities, so be sure to check about reservations required in August when determining the best time to visit Utah National Parks.

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

August is summer monsoon season with heavy rain and lightning. We recommend you talk to the rangers before hitting any trail to get the most updated conditions so you’re prepared.

Delicate Arch at sunrise
Delicate Arch at sunrise

Arches National Park in August

The average highs are in the 100s and lows in the high 60s degrees Fahrenheit when you visit Arches National Park in August.

You’ll need an Arches Timed Entry Ticket to enter the park during the busy daytime hours. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a timed entry ticket. Just plan to enter the park before 6 a.m.

One benefit to getting in the park early is you can see and photograph the sunrise at Arches National Park!

Arches National Park August Activities

Where to Stay at Arches in August

Mesa Arch at sunrise
Mesa Arch at sunrise

Canyonlands in August

The temperatures at Canyonlands National Park in August with highs in the 100s and lows in the upper 60s. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a sunhatsunscreen and sunglasses when visiting Canyonlands National Park in the summer!

There are two popular districts to visit: Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles:

Canyonlands National Park August Activities

Where to Stay Near Canyonlands in August

sunrise at sunset point Bryce Canyon
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon in August

The weather you’ll find at Bryce Canyon in August is almost perfect with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for rain since August is part of the summer monsoon season at Bryce Canyon.

In August the shuttle is running, but you can drive your car to the various Bryce Canyon views and photo spots along the scenic drive.

Bryce Canyon sunrise photography is spectacular! It’s worth getting up early to see the glow on the hoodoos at sunrise.

Bryce Canyon National Park August Activities

Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon in August

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Capitol Reef orchard

Capital Reef in August

The weather at Capitol Reef in August is hot with highs near 88 and lows near 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

In August afternoon rain storms are common due to it being summer monsoon season. Be prepared with rain gear. for you and your camera! Stay informed on the specific weather conditions and forecasts on the NPS website for the areas of the park you will visit that may affected by flash flooding.

Be sure to stop at the Gifford House to get homemade treats like pie and ice cream!

Capitol Reef National Park August Activities

Places to Stay Near Capitol Reef in August

view of Zion near the Mount Carmel Tunnel
View of Zion National Park

Zion in August

When you visit Zion National Park in August expect HOT temperatures with highs near 100 and lows near 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also summer monsoon season here with flash flooding possible so always be aware of the weather and stay current on conditions with the rangers.

You’ll also need to know how to use the Zion National Park shuttle since it’s the only way to access Zion Canyon in August. You can still explore the other three Zion National Park scenic drives without the shuttle!

You’ll need an Angel’s Landing permit if you plan to hike past Scouts Lookout through the chains section.

Zion National Park August Activities

Where to Stay Near Zion in August

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