If you’re planning a trip to Utah in April, the weather and temperatures will vary depending on the month and location. Utah weather in April transitions from the cold winter months to the warmer spring months. It’s also a relatively dry month, but occasional spring showers do occur.
It’s important to know the expected weather and temperatures you may encounter so you’re prepared with the right clothing and gear for the places you want to go and things you want to do!
We’ve lived in Utah over 20 years and have traveled all over the state during all four seasons. Visiting Utah National Parks in April you can expect the daytime temperatures to be perfect for outdoor activities. But April is prime spring break time so expect crowds at all five parks!
For an April trip to Utah we recommend you pack layers: fleece jacket and waterproof boots plus winter jacket, winter gloves, and winter hat for the cold mornings and evenings. Be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time so you’re prepared for any changes, especially if you’ll be doing outdoor activities.
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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!
Tips For Visiting Utah in April
Utah is essentially split into two areas, the North and the South. The temperatures and weather conditions in April can be drastically different due to elevation and location in the state.
Northern Utah: This is where you’ll find the three large cities in the state: Salt Lake City, Park City, and Provo.
Southern Utah: All 5 Utah National Parks are located in Central and Southern Utah.
In April it’s usually snow-free around the state, but storms can roll through any time bringing a small amount of snow. The higher elevations will still be cold with snow, like Bryce Canyon.
Check to see where the places you want to visit are located around the state because a drive from Salt Lake City to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours.
Is April a Good Time to Visit Utah?
The month of April is a fun time to visit Utah to enjoy a variety of activities. In the lower elevation areas of the state, you can do outdoor activities like hiking, off-roading, scenic drives, and stargazing at the National Parks, State Parks, and National Monuments.
In the higher elevation mountains you might be able to still do activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding, depending on snow totals that vary each year.
Be sure to note the National Parks List of Reservations Required for entry or specific activities in April. At Arches you’ll need a timed entry ticket and at Zion you’ll need a hiking permit for the chains section of Angel’s Landing.
Utah Weather in April
Here’s a summary of the Utah spring weather and temperatures during the month of April:
Northern Utah Average temperatures in April:
- Salt Lake City: highs 62 / lows 42 degrees F
- Provo: highs 66 / lows 40
- Ogden: highs 63 / lows 39
- Park City: highs 51 / lows 31
- Alta: highs 42 / lows 25
Northern Utah Average Snowfall in April:
- Salt Lake City – 2.2 inches
- Logan – 2.3 inches
- Provo – 1.9 inches
- Alta – 4.8 inches
- Park City – 2.3 inches
Southern Utah Average temperatures in April:
- St. George: highs 75 / lows 46 degrees F
- Moab: highs 72 / lows 43
- Escalante: highs 66 / lows 35
- Cedar City: highs 61 / lows 35
- Brian Head: highs 44 / lows 18
Southern Utah Average Snowfall in April:
- Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) – trace
- Bryce Canyon – trace
- Cedar City – 1.2 inches
- Zion – trace
- St. George – trace
Utah National Parks April Weather
Spring begins the busy season at Utah National Parks. All of the Utah National Parks are open every single day in April. They are all popular Spring Break in Utah so expect crowds.
Here’s the Utah National Parks weather in April you can expect at all five parks! It will be cool in the morning and evening, and just right during the day when you’re enjoying outdoor activities.
Be sure to check the expected 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.
- Arches National Park weather
- Bryce Canyon National Park weather
- Canyonlands National Park weather
- Capitol Reef National Park weather
- Zion National Park weather
Arches National Park April Weather
The weather at Arches National Park in April is “just right” with cooler mornings and evenings, yet daytime temperatures are still moderate. The average highs are near 70 degrees with the lows around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
All the Arches National Park spring hikes are enjoyable in April because when the sun is out, it’s not overly hot. This is quite different from summer when you’re sweating and worrying about heat exhaustion.
A must-do hike is Delicate Arch. It is the most popular photo spot for sunset at Arches National Park. In April, you won’t have this location to yourself so be patient waiting for everyone to take their turn to get a photo under the arch!
Bryce Canyon National Park April Weather
One drawback for a trip to Bryce Canyon in April is weather. Some days will be warm and sunny or a spring rain or snow storm can close roads and trails.
Due to the high elevation, the temperatures at Bryce in April are still on the cool side. The highs are usually in the mid 50s and the lows are close to 30. The mornings and evening will be cool so you’ll want a jacket. Layers are best for all-day activities.
Be prepared with rain and/or snow gear in case a storm rolls through so you can still enjoy the outdoor Bryce Canyon spring activities. Always check the weather forecast so you have the right clothing for the conditions.
The Bryce Canyon must see viewpoints can be found along the scenic drive. You can’t beat the amazing Bryce Canyon photos you can capture. We recommend using photographer gloves and rechargeable hand warmers for the cold mornings and evenings!
Canyonlands National Park April Weather
The weather at Canyonlands National Park in April 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 average highs are near 70 degrees with the lows around 40.
Keep in mind the weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain. Snow could also be a possibility in April.
Most of the hiking trails in both parks are fully exposed to the sun, which is perfect for your visit in April since you aren’t really worrying about finding shade! Here’s a list of easy hike at both districts:
- Island in the Sky hikes: Mesa Arch, Grand View Point, Aztec Butte and Upheaval Dome.
- Canyonlands Needles hikes: Roadside Ruin, Pothole Point and Cave Spring.
We LOVE the Island in the Sky scenic drive and recommend you stop at all 10 overlooks to enjoy and photograph the landscape at this park! The viewpoints atop the mesa at this park are spectacular!
Capitol Reef National Park April Weather
The weather at Capitol Reef National Park in April will be cool during the day and cold at night with highs around 64 and lows around 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Capitol Reef scenic drive is a must-do activity to see and photograph the cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges!
You won’t need a US National Park pass to drive along Highway 24 or through the Fruita area, but you will need one to access the Scenic Drive just past the Fruita Campground.
There are so many fun Capitol Reef National Park spring hikes to choose from, with trails for all levels of hiker. Some of our favorite day hikes in Capitol Reef National Park are: Hickman Bridge, Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge Wash.
Zion National Park April Weather
The weather at Zion National Park in April is picture-perfect. The days and nights are just right this time of year at Zion with highs in the mid-70s and the lows are in the mid-40s.
In April you won’t be able to drive your car through Zion Canyon; instead you’ll need to ride the Zion National Park shuttle. You can always access the other Zion National Park scenic drives: Highway 9, Kolob Terrace Road and Kolob Canyon.
Unfortunately the wet weather in April could close some Zion National Park spring hikes due to falling rocks, rockslides and fast-moving water. The Narrows trail will close whenever the river is moving too fast. And Angel’s Landing will close if the trail is wet and slippery.
What to Wear in Utah in April
In April, Utah ushers in the spring season with a varied weather pattern. The temperatures start to warm up making it an excellent time for outdoor activities.
However, keep in mind that the state’s high altitude and diverse geography can sometimes bring unexpected weather changes. It’s not uncommon to experience a sunny morning, followed by an afternoon rain (or snow) shower.
We recommend layers and winter accessories for the cold mornings and evenings when visiting Utah in April:
- Fleece jacket
- Winter hat
- Winter gloves
- Photographer gloves
- Insulated jacket
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- Rechargeable hand warmers
Places to Stay in Utah in April
- Coolest Hotels in Utah
- Arches National Park Lodging
- Bryce Canyon Winter Lodging
- Canyonlands National Park Lodging
- Capitol Reef National Park Lodging
- Zion National Park Lodging
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