Utah National Parks in May

May is great time  to visit Utah National Parks because spring break is over, the weather is getting warmer and hotel rates are generally reasonable until Memorial Day weekend.

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Some of the National Parks in Utah now have permits to enter or do certain activities, so be sure to check about reservations required in May.

Permits and Reservations in May

May is a BUSY season at all 5 parks so the roads, hiking trails and parking lots typically fill to capacity.

Utah National Parks in May

Arches National Park in May

If you plan to visit Arches National Park in May you’ll need a timed entry permit to get into the park before 6am or after 5pm.

Be sure to enter the park early or later in the afternoon to avoid the rush getting in the park when visiting Canyonlands National Park in May.

Canyonlands in May

The daytime temperatures at Bryce Canyon in May are in the mid-60s which is perfect for outdoor activities. Due to the higher elevation at Bryce Canyon, you will want to pack and wear layers for the cool mornings and evenings.

Bryce Canyon in May

Capitol Reef in May one of the best times to visit because the summer crowds haven’t arrived yet, the weather will be moderate, and the orchards will be in bloom!

Capitol Reef in May

The shuttle runs every day at Zion National Park in May – it’s the only way to access Zion Canyon. **Be sure to check the Zion shuttle schedule for exact dates for the month of May.

Zion National Park in May

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