Visiting Utah National Parks in September

If you’re planning a trip to visit the Utah National Parks in September, here’s a list of things to see, do, and photograph!

With its dramatic red rock canyons, towering mountains and awe-inspiring sunsets, Utah National Parks are some of the best places to visit in Utah! September will be a busy time of year so be prepared for crowds.

Utah National Parks in September

Utah’s National Parks have something to offer everyone. From biking and hiking trails to campgrounds and day trips, there are plenty of activities that will make your September vacation an unforgettable experience.

Keep reading for our tips to plan your September trip 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 September (UV protection, hydration, and more)! 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 September

If you’re planning a vacation to visit National Parks in September, it’s amazing time of year, especially for the parks in Utah.

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

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 September when determining the best time to visit Utah National Parks.

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

Stay hydrated, eat salty snacks, use sun protection. If you’re not used to dry heat, you’ll want to use lotion and lip balm!

Milky Way over fins at Arches

Arches National Park in September

The average highs are close to 88 and lows are close to 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you visit Arches National Park in September.

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 September Activities

Where to Stay at Arches in September

Washer Woman through Mesa Arch

Canyonlands in September

The temperatures at Canyonlands National Park in September are highs near 88 and lows near 55 degrees Fahrenheit. In the fall it’s still important to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a sunhatsunscreen and sunglasses when visiting Canyonlands!

The two popular districts of this park – there’s a big difference between Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles!

Canyonlands National Park in September

Where to Stay Near Canyonlands in September

sunrise at sunset point Bryce Canyon
Sunrise at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon in September

The weather you’ll find at Bryce Canyon in September is pretty much perfect with highs around 70 and lows around 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for cool to cold mornings and evenings at Bryce Canyon in September – wear layers and pack a fleece jacket!

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 September Activities

Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon in September

formations along the road at Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef in the fall

Capital Reef in September

The weather at Capitol Reef National Park in September is pretty ideal with highs around 80 and lows around 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spend time in the Fruita area of Capitol Reef. At the Gifford Homestead you’ll find unique handmade items in the shop. In September you’ll enjoy locally baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream!

Picking fruit from the orchards is a popular activity at Capitol Reef! In September you’ll be able to pick peaches, pears and apples, yum!

Capitol Reef National Park September Activities

Places to Stay Near Capitol Reef in September

Zion in the fall

Zion in September

When you visit Zion National Park in September you’ll find average temperatures are highs in the 90s and lows in the 60s 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 September. 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 September Activities

Where to Stay Near Zion in September

Utah Travel Guides & Maps

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Plan a Utah National Parks Vacation in September

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