Visiting Utah National Parks in March

March is one of the best months to visit Utah National Parks to enjoy warmer daytime temperatures perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, landscape photography, and more!

Keep in mind when planning a trip to visit Utah National Parks in March that the crowds start to increase in the spring. The guide will detail the services available, weather, what to pack, where to stay and things to do in March at all 5 parks!

Utah National Parks in March

The best thing about Utah National Parks in the spring is seeing the trees begin to bud, filling the surroundings with a lot of green. At the same time, wildflowers pop up here and there, adding different colors to the scene and making a pretty setting for anyone visiting.

But the National Parks are popular destinations for spring break in Utah so they will be crowded.

We live hours away from all the parks, and have visited them during all four seasons. The tips we share are based on our experiences visiting the parks in March.

Tip number is it be prepared for the temperatures and weather for the time you’ll be visiting. Use our packing list for Utah National Parks to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for a March trip! 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!

What to Wear at Utah National Parks in March

The National Parks in Utah are located in the southern part of the state in a high desert climate. It’s important to stay hydrated, eat salty snacks, and use sun protection all year. If you’re not used to a dry environment, you may also need to use lotion and lip balm!

In March we recommend layers since the mornings and evenings will still be cold, and it could rain or even snow any time during the month!

spring hiking gear

Utah National Parks in March

Looking to visit US National Parks in March? We highly recommend the month of March to visit the National Parks in Utah.

When you’re trying to decide the best time to visit Utah National Parks, remember that spring begins the busy season for the parks in Utah. Starting in March, the roads, hiking trails and parking lots typically fill to capacity.

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

delicate arch at Arches National Park
Delicate Arch

Arches in March

Spring is an amazing time to visit Arches National Park in March. March weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain, and possibly snow.

The average highs are near 60 degrees with the lows in the mid 30s. Remember that Arches National Park is located at 5,653 feet above sea level so it will be cold in the mornings and evenings.

While visiting Arches in March be sure to explore the Arches National Park hiking trails. There is not much shade to be found at Arches so it’s nice to be in the park on a sunny day when the air is cool! It makes hiking so much more enjoyable!

Arches National Park March Activities

Places to Stay at Arches National Park in March

Sunrise at Mesa Arch

Canyonlands in March

Planning a vacation to Canyonlands National Park in March is one of the most popular times of the year to visit. 

Weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain, or even snow. The average highs are near 64 degrees with the lows around 35. Dress in layers when visiting Canyonlands in March.

There are so many Canyonlands hikes, off-road trails, and views to photograph at both regions:

Canyonlands Activities in March

Places to Stay Near Canyonlands in March

Bryce Canyon with snow

Bryce Canyon in March

Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in March you will want to be prepared for just about any weather. Yes, there will probably be snow at Bryce Canyon in March, but that’s what makes it magical!

If you’re not a fan of exploring the outdoors in cold weather or snowy conditions, then you should probably plan your trip for later in the spring.

Bryce Canyon’s elevation is 9,100 feet which means it will be cold! The temperatures in March average between 44 degrees Fahrenheit and 19 degrees Fahrenheit. But with the right cold weather clothing, you can enjoy the outdoor adventures at Bryce! 

Be sure to pack your camera and take photos of the most mesmerizing Bryce Canyon views!

Bryce Canyon Activities in March

Places to Stay Near Bryce Canyon in March

Cathedral Valley
Cathedral Valley

Capital Reef in March

March weather at Capitol Reef is starting to warm up a bit with highs near 55 and lows near 31 degrees Fahrenheit. You may encounter snow or rain so be prepared for all types of weather if you plan a trip to Capitol Reef in March.

The Gifford Homestead opens on March 14 (Pi Day) – you’ll love the homemade pies and ice cream! Get there early because they will sell out by the end of the day.

The Capitol Reef scenic drive is a must-do activity to see and photograph the cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges! If weather allows, and you have the right vehicle, check out these more remote drives:

Capitol Reef National Park March Activities

Places to Stay Near Capitol Reef in March

Pa'rus Trail at Zion National Park
Pa’rus Trail

Zion in March

Due to melting snowpack in the area, the rivers and waterfalls full at Zion National Park in March!

The days and nights are still cool this time of year at Zion. In March the highs are usually in the mid 50s and the lows are around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. 

While visiting in the spring you will want to take the time to explore the Zion National Park hikes. You’ll need an Angel’s Landing permit if you plan to hike past Scouts Lookout through the chains section.

The shuttle will be running, so you can’t drive your car into Zion Canyon. Here’s a handy list of Zion Hikes without the shuttle.

And of course explore all four Zion National Park scenic drives to take in and photograph all the scenic views that are all around you. 

Zion National Park March Activities

Places to Stay in Zion in March

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