Utah is home to some of the most stunning national parks in the United States. The Utah National Parks weather in August will be hot and dry so it will be important to stay hydrated and use sun protection!
Planning a vacation you’ll want to know the Utah National Parks weather, temperatures, services available, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay in August.
From scenic hikes through spectacular landscapes to educational programs highlighting the unique features of each park, you’ll find something that appeals to everyone on your vacation to Utah National Parks in August!
We live only hours away from all Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks and have visited during all four seasons. The information and tips we share about the August weather at Utah National Parks is based on our experiences over the years!
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Packing List for August at Utah National Parks
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!
Visiting Utah National Parks in August
The national parks are must-see places to visit in Utah! You’ll find fun things to see, do, and photograph at all five parks.
When visiting Utah National Parks in August, be prepared for crowds. We recommend visiting the parks early in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat.
Check to see if any of the parks require a ticket to enter the park or participate in any activity. In August you’ll need:
We recommend the Utah National Parks GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location as you drive through each park!
Utah NP Mighty 5 AUDIO TOUR
“It’s just like having a tour guide along for the ride. You’ll hear stories, local tips & navigation play automatically, all based on your location. Best of all it doesn’t need cell signal, the tour works offline with GPS.”
Utah National Parks Weather in August
Even with the summer heat, August is a popular month to visit Utah National Parks. Here’s the weather you can expect at each of the 5 parks in the month of August.
Arches National Park Weather in August
The Arches National Park weather in August to be HOT – highs in the 100s and lows in the high 60s degrees Fahrenheit.
The sun is usually at its peak intensity between 10am and 4pm, so that’s a great time to explore the scenic drives in your car with the AC running, or enjoy the hotel swimming pool!
One of our favorite ways to escape the heat at Arches National Park in August is stargazing at night! You can see or photograph the milky way from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am.
Here’s a list of the fun things you can do at Arches in August:
- Arches National Park summer activities
- Arches National Park photo spots
- Arches National Park scenic drive
- Arches National Park summer hikes
- Arches National Park tours
- Arches National Park camping
Bryce Canyon Weather In August
Due to the high elevation, Bryce Canyon National Park weather and temperatures are cooler there than the other Utah National Parks. In August highs are 76 and and lows are 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the rainy season in August, afternoon thunderstorms can produce heavy rain and frequent lightning. The park has the reminder “when thunder roars go indoors!” because lightning is dangerous at Bryce Canyon!
There are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon in August like hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.
- Bryce Canyon National Park summer activities
- Bryce Canyon National Park summer hikes
- Bryce Canyon photo spots
- Bryce Canyon National Park tours
- Bryce Canyon National Park camping
Canyonlands Weather In August
The Canyonlands National Park weather in August will be HOT. The average highs in August are 97 and the lows are 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The morning temperatures are just right for hiking, biking and exploring the park!
The Colorado and Green Rivers offer miles and miles of flatwater for canoes, sea kayaks and shallow-water boats. There are also sections for whitewater river rafting! Canyonlands in August is a great time to enjoy the river section of the park!
You’ll find a variety of things to do in August at Canyonlands:
- Canyonlands National Park summer activities
- Island in the Sky scenic drive
- Canyonlands National Park summer hikes
- Canyonlands National Park tours
- Canyonlands National Park photography
- Canyonlands National Park camping
Capitol Reef Weather In August
The Capitol Reef National Park weather in August is hot with highs near 88 and lows near 63 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer monsoons at Capitol Reef are common in August so also be prepared with rain gear for you and your camera!
When visiting Capitol Reef in August, you’ll be able to pick peaches and pears in the orchards. Be sure stop at the Gifford Homestead and grab some of the locally baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream!
You’ll find a variety of things to do in August at Capitol Reef:
- Capitol Reef National Park summer activities
- Capitol Reef scenic drive
- Capitol Reef National Park summer hikes
- Capitol Reef National Park tours
- Capitol Reef National Park photography
- Capitol Reef National Park camping
Zion National Park Weather In August
The Zion National Park shuttle buses are running in August which means Zion Canyon scenic drive is closed to private vehicles during the shuttle season.
There might be limited parking at Zion National Park in the town of Springdale so plan to start your day early to get a parking spot in town and a spot on the shuttle.
The Zion National Park weather in August: highs near 100 and lows near 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
At Zion in August it’s monsoon season so be familiar with flash floods. Always check the weather before hitting any slot-canyon trail!
Here’s a list of activities you can do in August at Zion National Park:
- Zion National Park hikes
- Zion Hikes without the shuttle
- Zion National Park scenic drives
- Zion National Park photography
- Zion National Park tours
- Camping in Zion National Park