Utah Weather in March

If you’re planning a trip to Utah in March, the weather and temperatures will vary depending on the month and location. Utah weather in March can still be unpredictable with snow any time, but temperatures do begin to warm up just a bit.

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!

Utah March Weather

We’ve lived in Utah over 20 years and have traveled all over the state during all four seasons. Visiting Utah National Parks in March you can expect the daytime temperatures to be perfect for outdoor activities. But the crowds start to increase in the spring so keep that in mind when planning your trip.

For a March trip to Utah we recommend you pack layers: fleece jacket, winter jacket, winter gloves, and winter hat plus waterproof or insulated boots if you plan to enjoy the outdoors. 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 March

It’s helpful to think of Utah being divided into two regions: Northern Utah and Southern Utah. The temperatures and weather conditions in March 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. In March you can enjoy all types of snow sports in the north!

Southern Utah: All 5 Utah National Parks are located in Central and Southern Utah. In March it’s usually snow-free in this part of 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 March a Good Time to Visit Utah?

The month of March is a fun time to visit Utah to enjoy a variety of activities. In the Southern part 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.

Enjoy snow activities like skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and more in Northern Utah and the higher elevation mountains around the state.

Mount Timpanogos
Mount Timpanogos with snow

Utah Weather in March

Here’s a summary of the Utah spring weather during the month of March:

Northern Utah Average temperatures in March:

  • Salt Lake City: highs 55 / lows 36 degrees F
  • Provo: highs 58 / lows 35
  • Ogden: highs 56 / lows 32
  • Park City: highs 43 / lows 25
  • Alta: highs 37 / lows 20

Northern Utah Average Snowfall in March:

  • Salt Lake City – 4 days / 5.9 inches
  • Logan – 4 days / 8.5 inches
  • Provo – 3 days / 4 inches
  • Alta – 12 days / 71.4 inches
  • Park City – 8 days / 21 inches

Southern Utah Average temperatures in March:

  • St. George: highs 68 / lows 39 degrees F
  • Moab: highs 65 / lows 36
  • Escalante: highs 58 / lows 29
  • Cedar City: highs 54 / lows 30
  • Brian Head: highs 39 / lows 17

Southern Utah Average Snowfall in March:

  • Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) – trace
  • Bryce Canyon – 6 days / 13.2 inches
  • Cedar City – 5 days / 12.3 inches
  • Zion – trace
  • St. George – trace
Zion National Park in March
Zion National Park in March

Utah National Parks March Weather

Spring begins the busy season at Utah National Parks. All of the Utah National Parks are open every single day in March. In early March the visitor centers and amenities could still be limited to winter hours so check in advance before you go.

Here’s the Utah National Parks weather in March you can expect at all five parks! Early spring will be cold, rainy, or even snowy, especially at Bryce Canyon that sits at a higher elevation than the other parks.

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 in the spring
Arches National Park after rain

Arches National Park March Weather

The weather at Arches National Park in March is starting to get warmer, but the mornings and evenings will still be cold. The average highs in March are highs near 64 degrees and lows near 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind the weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain, and possibly snow, even in March!

March is a great time to explore the Arches National Park hiking trails because even though the sun is out, the air is cool. 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 March, 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 with snow
Bryce Canyon with snow

Bryce Canyon National Park March Weather

Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in March you will want to be prepared for just about any weather. Yes, there will probably be snow at Bryce Canyon in March, but that’s what makes it magical!

Bryce Canyon’s elevation is 9,100 feet which means it will be cold! The temperatures in March average between 44 degrees Fahrenheit and 19 degrees Fahrenheit. But with the right cold weather clothing, you can enjoy the outdoor adventures at Bryce! 

Be sure to pack your camera and take photos of the most mesmerizing Bryce Canyon views!

You can’t beat the amazing Bryce Canyon winter photos you can get. We recommend using winter clothing and winter gear for you and your camera like photographer gloves, rechargeable hand warmers, and a lens warmer.

Mesa Arch at sunrise
Mesa Arch at sunrise

Canyonlands National Park March Weather

The weather at Canyonlands National Park in March is perfect! It will be cold in the mornings and evenings, and the daytime temperatures will be just right for exploring the park. The average highs are near 64 degrees with the lows around 35.

Keep in mind the weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain. Snow could also be a possibility in March.

There is not much shade to be found at Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky or Needles Canyonlands, so it’s nice to be in the park on a sunny day when the air isn’t stifling! It makes hiking so much more enjoyable! Check out our article explaining Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles!

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!

Horses at Capitol Reef in Fruita
Horses at Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park March Weather

The weather at Capitol Reef in March is still cold and there may be snow or wet conditions, but that means fewer people visiting the park! Expect highs around 55 and lows around 31 degrees F.

The Fruita area is the main part of Capitol Reef. It includes the Gifford Homestead, blacksmith shop, barn and orchards. The Gifford House opens on March 14, Pi Day! You can find unique handmade items and locally baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream!

The Capitol Reef scenic drive is a must-do activity to see and photograph the cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges!

Zion in the spring
Zion in the spring

Zion National Park March Weather

The weather at Zion National Park in March is wet so be prepared with rain gear in case a storm rolls through so you can still enjoy the outdoor activities at the park. The highs are usually in the mid 60s and the lows are near 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The first part of March, the Zion National Park shuttle only runs on the weekend so you have full access to drive into Zion Canyon with your car, unless it gets too full and they need to close it off! Beginning mid-March, the shuttle runs every day and that’s the only way to access Zion Canyon.

Unfortunately the wet weather during the spring could close some Zion National Park 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.

Hiking at Capitol Reef in the spring
Hiking at Capitol Reef

What to Wear in Utah in March

March is still cold and usually snow-free in Southern Utah and at all 5 of the National Parks. In Northern Utah the valleys can experience sunny blue skies or snow storms. The higher elevation mountains are a winter wonderland with a variety of snow activities available!

We recommend layers and winter accessories for visiting Utah in March:

winter hiking gear

Places to Stay in Utah in March

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