Utah National Parks Weather in May

It’s all about the Utah National Parks weather when deciding the best time of year to plan your vacation. This article details the Utah National Parks weather in May and what you can expect at all five parks.

Utah National Parks May Weather

It’s important to know the expected temperatures, weather, services available, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay at Utah National Parks in May.

The best thing about a May trip to Utah National Parks is the weather. It’s cool in the morning and evening, and just right during the day when you’re enjoying outdoor activities.

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 May weather at Utah National Parks is based on our experiences over the years!

In May things begin to heat up so check the weather and temperatures for the park you’ll be visiting so you’re prepared with the right clothing and gear you’ll need for the activities you want to do.

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

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Packing List for May at Utah National Parks

In May it’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection since the Utah National Parks are in a desert environment.

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

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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 May

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.

It’s peak season at all five Utah National Parks in May so 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!

Use these resources to plan your Utah National Park vacation at all five locations:

Utah National Parks Weather in May

One of the best months to visit Utah National Parks is May due to the moderate temperatures for outdoor activities.

Here’s the weather you can expect at each of the 5 Utah National Parks in the month of May.

Landscape Arch at Arches National Park
Landscape Arch

Arches National Park Weather in May

Here’s what you can expect when visiting Arches National Park in May:

The Arches National Park weather is just about perfect with average highs near 80 and lows near 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Since you won’t find many shady spots at Arches, we recommend you plan outdoor activities in the cooler mornings and evenings. Enjoy scenic drives in your car with the AC running, or the hotel swimming pool during the heat of the day.

Here’s a list of the fun things you can do at Arches in May:

Bryce Canyon view
Bryce Canyon view

Bryce Canyon Weather In May

Due to the high elevation, Bryce Canyon National Park weather and temperatures are still on the cooler side. The highs are in the low 60s and the lows are near 30 degrees F. The mornings and evening will be cool so you’ll want a fleece jacket. Layers are best for all-day activities.

There are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon in May like hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.

Sunset at Green River Overlook Canyonlands
Sunset at Green River Overlook Canyonlands

Canyonlands Weather In May

Visiting Canyonlands National Park in May is a great time to explore the park because it will be cool in the mornings and evenings, and the daytime temperatures aren’t too hot compared to the summer.

The Canyonlands National Park weather and temperatures mean average highs near 82 degrees with the lows around 51 degrees F.

You’ll find a variety of things to do at Canyonlands in May:

Capitol Reef sunrise at Panorama Point
Sunrise at Panorama Point

Capitol Reef Weather In May

The Capitol Reef National Park weather in May will be perfect during the day and still cold at night with highs around 73 and lows around 46 degrees F. We recommend a fleece jacketwarm hat and gloves – it’s still all about layers in May.

From hiking trails and canyons to historic sites and scenic drives, there is something for everyone in Capitol Reef National Park in May.

hoodoo along Kolob Terrace scenic drive
Hoodoo along Kolob Terrace scenic drive

Zion National Park Weather In May

The Zion National Park shuttle buses are running in May 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.

Zion National Park weather in May is the best with highs near 86 and lows near 54 degrees F. 

Here’s a list of activities you can do at Zion National Park in May:

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