Visiting Utah National Parks in November

If you’re planning a trip to visit the Utah National Parks in November, here’s a list of activities to enjoy at the “Mighty 5” — Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion.

Utah National Parks are some of the best places to visit in Utah, and November is a great month to plan a vacation because of the moderate temperatures and fewer crowds!

Utah national parks in November

Use this travel guide to plan your November vacation to the Utah National Parks: what to pack, weather, things to do and places to stay for all five parks!

We live hours away from all the parks, and have visited them during all four seasons. November is one of our favorite times to visit the Utah National Parks because the weather is still moderate and there are fewer crowds! The tips we share are based on our experiences visiting the parks in November.

Use our Packing list for Utah National Parks to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in November! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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Utah National Parks in November

If you’re wondering what National Parks to visit in November, we recommend visiting all the parks in Utah.

All of the Utah National Parks are open every single day in November. Many parks begin to transition to the off-season so be sure to check the latest closing dates for services and camping when determining the best time to visit Utah National Parks.

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 November. 

It’s also important to know the expected weather and temperatures for the parks you’ll visit in November:

What to Wear at Utah National Parks in November

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 November the daytime temperatures will be moderate. The mornings and evenings will be cold so you might also need some winter layers, especially at Bryce Canyon!

Broken Arch at Arches National Park
Broken Arch

Arches National Park in November

The temperatures begin to really cool off at Arches National Park in November with highs around 55 degrees and lows around 30 degrees. 

In November you won’t need a Timed Entry Ticket so that’s nice! But we always recommend getting in the park early so you can see and photograph the sunrise at Arches National Park!

You’ll enjoy all the Arches National Park hiking trails during the amazing weather in the fall! November is also an awesome time of year to enjoy the night sky at Arches!

Arches National Park November Activities

Places to Stay at Arches in November

Green River Overlook
Green River Overlook

Canyonlands in November

When visiting Canyonlands National Park in November expect average highs around 56 degrees with the lows around 30. If a rain storm rolls in the weather can be unpredictable.

The two popular districts of this park differ quite a bit so know what to expect at Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Canyonlands Needles!

Canyonlands National Park in November

Places to Stay Near Canyonlands in November

sunrise at sunset point Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon sunrise

Bryce Canyon in November

At Bryce Canyon in November the temperatures begin to get cold with the highs around 44 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows around 18 degrees at night.

Bryce Canyon sunrise photography is spectacular! It’s worth getting up early to see the glow on the hoodoos at sunrise. Rechargeable hand warmers and photographer gloves are so nice when it’s COLD outside!

Bryce Canyon National Park November Activities

Places to Stay Near Bryce Canyon in November

formations along the road at Capitol Reef National Park
Highway 24 through Capitol Reef

Capital Reef in November

The temperatures at Capitol Reef National Park in November range from highs near 50 degrees and lows in the upper 20s. The November weather at Capitol Reef is perfect during the day for outdoor activities – it’s not too hot or too cold. Be prepared for rain or snow in November.

In November the Capitol Reef scenic drive is a must-do activity to see and photograph the cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges!

If you’re up for adventure, check out the Capitol Reef Cathedral Valley loop. It’s a remote, rugged region that requires vehicles with high ground clearance. In November you may need four-wheel drive depending on road and weather conditions.

The Capitol Reef Burr Trail Loop is a fun way to explore the Waterpocket District in the southern section of the park. It’s remote and rugged, but oh so beautiful! Most passenger cars, pickups, and vans can usually negotiate the roads without difficulty.

Capitol Reef National Park November Activities

Places to Stay Near Capitol Reef in November

Towers of the Virgin Zion Nationa Park at golden hour
Towers of the Virgin

Zion in November

When you visit Zion National Park in November the highs are usually around 64 degrees and the lows around 37 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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 November. 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 November Activities

Places to Stay Near Zion in November

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