It’s all about the weather when deciding the best time of year to plan a vacation. This article details the Utah weather in the fall and what you can expect this time of year.
When looking for places to visit in Utah in the fall, it’s important to know the expected weather you may encounter!
Fall weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. Also the higher elevation temperatures will be cooler than the lower elevations by 10 to 20 degrees.
There are a lot of places to go in Utah in fall like exploring the National and State Parks and taking scenic drives to see the fall colors.
Use our Utah Packing Lists to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in the fall (wicking clothing, sunscreen, lotion)! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!
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Utah Weather in the Fall
The weather and temperatures in Utah during the fall vary depending on the month and location.
It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy all the outdoor activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives, and photography.
Keep in mind the fall months at all Utah National Parks are peak times so be prepared for crowds.
Utah Weather in September
You can’t beat the weather in Utah in September! The temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy all of the outdoor activities without being too hot.
- Average temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 79 / lows 58 degrees F.
- Average temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 98 / lows 63 degrees F.
Utah Weather in October
When visiting Utah in October be sure to check the weather and temperatures for the time you’ll visit. You never know when an unexpected storm will roll through and bring rain and cold air.
It usually doesn’t snow in October, but it’s always a possibility. If it does, it’s usually a light dusting high on the mountain tops!
- Average temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 66 / lows 47 degrees F.
- Average temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 79 / lows 53 degrees F.
Utah Weather in November
The weather in Utah in November becomes much cooler. Average precipitation is 1.5 inches of rain/snow, with snow likely at locations in the high elevations of Utah. You have a better chance to avoid snow by visiting the first half of November compared to later in the month.
- Average temperature in Northern Utah (Salt Lake City): highs 51 / lows 36 degrees F.
- Average temperature in Southern Utah (St. George): highs 63 / lows 40 degrees F.
Utah National Parks Fall Weather
It’s important to know the expected weather forecast and temperatures before visiting any of the Utah National Parks in the fall.
Arches National Park Fall Weather
Arches National Park in the fall is a wonderful time to visit the park when temperatures are “just right” for outdoor activities.
- Arches in September: Highs 85° | Lows 54° F
- Arches in October: Highs 71° | Lows 40° F
- Arches in November: Highs 55° | Lows 29° F
With the cooler temperatures at night, you will definitely want to bring a warm hat and gloves for the nights and early mornings.
Bryce Canyon National Park Fall Weather
The weather at Bryce Canyon in the fall is cooler, and there are fewer people taking vacations this time of year, making it the perfect time for exploring the great outdoors.
Due to the elevation, Bryce Canyon National Park weather means cool daytime temperatures and cold morning and evening temperatures.
- Bryce Canyon in September: highs 69° F | lows 37° F
- Bryce Canyon in October : highs 57° F | lows 29° F
- Bryce Canyon in November : highs 45° F | lows 17° F
Check the weather forecast for the time you’ll visit. You might need to pack winter clothes and gear so you can enjoy the outdoor activities at Bryce Canyon.
Canyonlands National Park Fall Weather
At Canyonlands National Park in the fall the daytime temperatures aren’t too hot compared to the summer. Fall is a great time to explore the park because it will be cool in the mornings and evenings!
- Canyonlands in September: Highs 84° | Lows 51° F
- Canyonlands in October: Highs 70° | Lows 38° F
- Canyonlands in November: Highs 55° | Lows 28° F
The Canyonlands National Park weather in the fall means you can enjoy being outside from morning to evening biking, hiking, and taking pictures as you explore the scenic drive!
Capitol Reef National Park Fall Weather
At Capitol Reef National Park in the fall the temperatures are ideal for hiking, biking, and off-roading. Plus, you get to pick fresh fruit from the orchards during the fall months!
- Capitol Reef in September: Highs 80° | Lows 50° F
- Capitol Reef in October: Highs 65° | Lows 40° F
- Capitol Reef in November: Highs 50° | Lows 30° F
Remember the Capitol Reef National Park weather is dry year-round so it’s important to drink and carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and lip balm with UV protection!
Zion National Park Fall Weather
At Zion National Park in the fall the temperatures are mild which makes for the perfect hiking weather as well as other fun activities while visiting the park. It’s also a great time to see fall colors at Zion National Park.
- Zion in September: Highs 75° | Lows 48° F
- Zion in October: Highs 65° | Lows 38° F
- Zion in November: Highs 55° | Lows 30° F
With the moderate Zion National Park weather in the fall it’s a peak season and will be crowded! Be sure to hit the shuttle, trails and Highway 9 scenic drive first thing in the morning!
What to Pack for Utah Fall Weather
In the fall it’s still important to stay hydrated and use sun protection for any outdoor activities in Utah.
- WATER: Drink plenty of water – we use hydration packs or carry refillable bottles in our backpack.
- ELECTROLYTES: Carry Propel powder packets to add to your water to provide electrolytes!
- FOOD: Pack and eat salty and healthy snacks.
- SUN PROTECTION: Sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen, and hydrating lotion, especially if you’re not used to dry heat.
- CLOTHING: Light-colored wicking and UV protectant clothing is best – no cotton shirts, socks or jeans!
- LAYERS: You might need fleece jackets, insulated jackets, hats, and gloves, especially in late fall.