Utah National Parks Weather in August

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.

Utah National Parks August weather

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!

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

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Packing List for August at Utah National Parks

August will be hot and dry so be sure to stay hydrated and use sun protection since all five Utah National Parks are in a desert environment.

Due to Utah’s dry heat you’ll also want lip balm and lotion!

summer hiking gear

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 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.

milky way over fins at Arches National Park
Milky way over fins at Arches National Park

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:

Bryce Canyon sunrise photography
Bryce Canyon sunrise photography

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.

rafting along the Colorado River in Canyonlands
Rafting along the Colorado River in Canyonlands

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:

fruit orchards at Capitol Reef
Fruit orchards at Capitol Reef

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:

Subway hike at Zion
The Subway hike at Zion

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:

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