Guide to Visiting Utah National Parks in July

Are you planning a trip to visit the Utah National Parks in July? If so, check out the guide below to know what to expect when you plan a July vacation.

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

Utah National Parks in July

July is the perfect time to 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.

Here’s our guide to a July 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 July! 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!

Utah National Parks in July

All of the Utah National Parks are open every single day in July.

If you’re planning a vacation to visit Utah National Parks in July, 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 July 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 July:

July 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.

Milky way over fins at Arches

Arches in July

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

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 July Activities

Where to Stay at Arches in July

washer woman seen through Mesa Arch at Canyonlands
Washer Woman seen through Mesa Arch at Canyonlands

Canyonlands in July

The temperatures at Canyonlands National Park in July with highs in the 100s and lows in the upper 60s. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated when visiting Canyonlands in the summer!

The two popular districts to visit are:

Canyonlands National Park July Activities

Where to Stay Near Canyonlands in July

view from the Rim Trail
View from the Bryce Canyon Rim Trail

Bryce Canyon in July

The weather you’ll find at Bryce Canyon National Park in July is almost perfect with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s degrees Fahrenheit. The summer monsoons are active in July which means afternoon rain storms are common.

In July the shuttles are 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 July Activities

Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon in July

Cassidy Arch trailhead
Cassidy Arch trailhead at Capitol Reef

Capital Reef in July

The weather at Capitol Reef in July is hot with highs in the 90s and lows in the mid 60s degrees Fahrenheit.

In July 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.

Enjoy a homemade summer treat at the Gifford House – you’ll love the pie and ice cream!

Capitol Reef National Park July Activities

Places to Stay Near Capitol Reef in July

The Narrows hike at Zion
The Narrows hike at Zion

Zion in July

When you visit Zion National Park in July expect HOT temperatures with highs in the 100s and lows in the high 60s. 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 July. 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 July Activities

Where to Stay Near Zion in July

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