Best time to visit Utah

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Best time of year to visit Utah

Moderate crowds and temperatures in April–May and September–October make these months the best time to visit Utah and its national parks. Spring boasts active wildlife and blooming flowers. Pleasant fall wraps Utah in colorful foliage along the scenic drives. June to August is the season of spectacular activities like Bonneville Speed Week or stargazing, but these months are the hottest and most touristic. December to February can be snowy and freezing up north, and you have a chance to explore ice castles, warm up in the Mystic Hot Springs or ski in dramatic mountains.

50 THINGS TO DO IN UTAH (AUGUST 10 - AUGUST 19)

Bonneville Speed Week

Bonneville Speed Week

August 08–14, 2020 | September 11–14, 2020 • event

Racing events have been held among these beautiful landscapes since 1912

Stargazing

Stargazing

April–September (all year round) • activity

A perfect way to spend a lovely evening, especially if you are in the right place

Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky

mid-March–late December • nature

At a place like this, you feel like floating on a huge island over the grand canyon and rivers beneath

Potash Evaporation Ponds

Potash Evaporation Ponds

May–September (all year round) • nature

Anything you see in Utah is striking, and these bright ponds in the desert totally blow up your imagination

Hike the Narrows

Hike the Narrows

late May–September • activity

This hike is at the top of every adventurous hiker's list. Be amazed at the beauty of this canyon, the height of its walls, and breathtaking scenery all around

Dry Bonneville Salt Flats

Dry Bonneville Salt Flats

late July–October • nature

The safest time to explore white infinity and the only time when you can drive

Ballooning over Monument Valley

Ballooning over Monument Valley

May–December • nature

Air ballooning is a perfect way to marvel at the beauty of any location from a bird's eye view. Utah’s stunning landscape is one of the perfect places to enjoy this breathtaking activity

Angels Landing

Angels Landing

March–November  • activity

This hiking trail was created to awe with excitement. It's breathtaking, thrilling, and definitely worth a try

Alpine Loop Scenic Drive

Alpine Loop Scenic Drive

late May–October • nature

Just a one-hour drive along this amazing scenic road will bring you the pleasure of seeing some of Utah's most stunning views

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

all year round • nature

The beautiful natural scenery of this area could be the main reason to visit it, but it's also historical importance that makes this place even more attractive

Capitol Reef Orchards

Capitol Reef Orchards

April (bloom) | mid-June–mid-October (harvest) • food

Enjoy the best fresh fruits for free among one of the most beautiful sceneries in the state

Sunrise Over Monument Valley

Sunrise Over Monument Valley

May–September • nature

Marveling at the sunrise is beautiful almost in any place, but when the scenery around is breathtaking itself, the view is majestic

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

late May–mid-October • nature

The amazing colors of Cedar Breaks Amphitheater, the short and easy hiking trails, and beautiful nature of the park attract thousands of visitors annually

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

April–November • activity

If you are a serious hiker, this park can offer thousands of unforgettable trails, views, and backpacking opportunities

Shafer Trail

Shafer Trail

May–November • activity

An iconic road is a must do while visiting the Canyonlands, but not for the faint-hearted

Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools

March–May | September–November (all year round) • nature

Gorgeous cliffs and rocks together with powerful waterfalls will mark your way to the emerald pools

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

June–August (all year round) • activity

A scenic drive with plenty of switchbacks and hairpin bends

Guardsman Pass

Guardsman Pass

June–October • activity

One of the Park City's most beautiful drives

Twilight Concert Series

Twilight Concert Series

mid-July–August • event

Summertime is always more pleasant to spend outdoors with friends and good music

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop)

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop)

late May–October • activity

A mountain road with spectacular views of the Wasatch Range

Wildflowers of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wildflowers of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

April–August • nature

During spring this area is filled with amazing colorful wildflowers that make your visit even more memorable

Alpine Coaster

Alpine Coaster

all year round (most popular in June–September) • activity

The largest coaster in the state offers a fun and exciting ride through great mountainous scenery

Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest

April–October • nature

This large and beautiful national forest welcomes visitors

Rafting Season

Rafting Season

April–October (best mid-May–mid-June) • activity

Whitewater rafting is a synonym of Utah. Choose the season that suits you the best and have fun on water

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

all year round • nature

These bridges are real magnets for visitors. They are striking during the day, perfect during the sunset, and create fascinating views of the night sky

Migratory Bird Watching

Migratory Bird Watching

late March–May | July–September • nature

Birding is becoming more and more popular and is often one of the main reasons people travel around the world. If you are a fan of birds, Utah has to be in your list!

Bison Watching

Bison Watching

all year round • nature

Watching wild herds of bisons, walking around in large numbers attracts visitors to Antelope Island and the Henry Mountains

Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive

Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive

June–October • nature

Discover breathtaking canyons while driving

Devil’s Slide

Devil’s Slide

April–October • nature

The most fascinating of Devil's Toys found in the area and one of the most unusual geologic features in Utah

Fishing

Fishing

all year round • activity

Utah can be easily called a fisherman's paradise, due to its variety of fishing opportunities and scenic spots

American Discovery Trail

American Discovery Trail

all year round • activity

You'll find no better way to discover America than this lengthy hike across 15 states, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. For such a long journey, one needs at least a year of time reserved

Homestead Crater

Homestead Crater

all year round • activity

The Homestead Caldera is one of the unique hot springs in the world. It should be on your wishlist while touring around Utah

Mirror Lake Highway

Mirror Lake Highway

late May–mid-October • activity

A scenic high-altitude drive is the highest paved highway of Utah

Sailing

Sailing

late April–September • activity

Catch some wind and share the sailing passion with other enthusiasts among the beautiful scenery of Utah's lakes

Biking in Zion National Park

Biking in Zion National Park

April–October • activity

Biking is a nice way to explore the landscape around. Utah’s parks are great places to enjoy this activity

Kings Peak

Kings Peak

June–September • activity

A prominent Utah mountain ranks 19th highest in the U.S.

White Pine Lake

White Pine Lake

July–October • activity

A classical easy hike not far from Salt Lake City

Brighton Lakes Trail

Brighton Lakes Trail

July–October • activity

One-way trail connects four scenic lakes surrounded by Alpine meadows

Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls

mid-April–October • nature

One of the most scenic waterfalls in northern Utah

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

all year round • activity

Grab your favourite board and a tent, and discover the beauty of Utah in your own way

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

April–October • nature

An otherworldly place with the largest number of hoodoos on the planet

Mount Superior & Monte Cristo

Mount Superior & Monte Cristo

June–September • activity

Conquer the iconic peaks in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon

Red Castle

Red Castle

July–October • activity

Observe gorgeous Red Castle Peak and surrounding lakes in the light of the setting sun

Adams Canyon

Adams Canyon

mid–May–mid-October • activity

A scenic canyon with a waterfall in Northern Wasatch forest

Toquerville Falls

Toquerville Falls

March–November • nature

A desert oasis in Southern Utah

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Utah Shakespeare Festival

June 01–October 10, 2020 • event

What if you could peep into the heart of the Shakespeare play?

Cataract Canyon Rafting

Cataract Canyon Rafting

May–August • activity

Utah's greatest rapids in a geological paradise

Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus

March–October • activity

A prominent peak along the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake Valley

Amethyst Lake

Amethyst Lake

July–October • nature

A beautiful lake not far from Salt Lake City

Bloomington Lake

Bloomington Lake

July–September • activity

A short hike to a beautiful series of lakes

43 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

December 12–14, 2019 • event

One of the most famous choirs in the world is performing in its hometown. Don't lose your chance to hear them live

Brigham City Peach Days

Brigham City Peach Days

September 09–12, 2020 • event

The perfect sweet taste and smell of freshly harvested peaches attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually

Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point

Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point

April 10–May 02, 2020 (tentative) • event

Celebrate spring and beauty at beautiful Ashton Gardens, a desert oasis

Utah State Fair

Utah State Fair

September 10–20, 2020 • event

One of the largest and most loved events in the state. Join the 11-day wild celebration with open-hearted locals

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

January 23–February 02, 2020 • event

The United States' biggest independent film festival is not to be missed by true cinema lovers

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

February 14–23, 2020 • event

Be privy to the newest trends in home decorating

Mystic Hot Springs

Mystic Hot Springs

December–February • activity

Feel free to bathe in a hot tub filled with rich mineral waters from a natural spring and enjoy the captivating scenery

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

December–February • activity

One of the best ways to spend a winter day is to visit a magical ice castle

Lavender Days

Lavender Days

June 29, 2019 • event

A great occasion to enjoy fragrant purple fields along with other entertainments that include rodeo, a scenic run, and a plenty of farm activities

Antelope Island Bison Roundup

Antelope Island Bison Roundup

October 26, 2019 • event

This annual event draws crowds to the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. It's a unique experience for both the spectators and participants

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

April–May | September–October • activity

Utah's landscape is charming and attracts tourists from all over to come and amaze themselves with everything they see. The Arches National Park is one of such stunning places

Flooded Bonneville Salt Flats

Flooded Bonneville Salt Flats

November–May • nature

This unique and stunning landscape attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the unforgettable 'mirror effect'

Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City

Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City

June 06–07, 2020 • event

Join the colorful celebration in downtown Salt Lake City

Wahweap Hoodoos Trail

Wahweap Hoodoos Trail

March–May | September–November • activity

The capped white columns is a strange geological phenomenon, formed over millions of years

Pando, the Trembling Giant

Pando, the Trembling Giant

September–October • nature

You've probably never thought that a forest can be a fake. Could you imagine the largest and the oldest root system in the world that creates clones of trees? This is not a fiction. It's a real living organism and it is found in Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

mid-April–May | September–October • nature

Endless adventure, amazing scenic drives, breathtaking landscapes, and star-filled night skies. Discover the eternal beauty and wilderness of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake

April–May | September–October (all year round) • nature

This famous lake is like the Dead Sea of the Western Hemisphere

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

April–June | September–October • activity

One of those places in Utah that make your heart beat faster due to its breathtaking scenery

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Arts Festival

June 25–28, 2020 • event

Are you ready for the art overdose at the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts festival in Utah?

Reflection Canyon

Reflection Canyon

March–May | September–November • activity

S-shaped canyon is a stunning natural wonder

Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon)

Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon)

March–May | September–November • activity

A rare slot canyon is perfect for photography and adventures

St. George Marathon

St. George Marathon

October 03, 2020 • event

Rated in the top 20 marathons in the U.S. and among the fastest and most scenic marathons in the world

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day

July 24 • event

Mormons from all over the world celebrate Pioneer Day but the greatest and most spectacular celebrations are held in Utah

Cathedral Valley Scenic Drive

Cathedral Valley Scenic Drive

April–June | September–October • activity

Travelling in the gorgeous wilderness, complete remoteness, and inspiring beauty of sandstone and basalt formations, you'll be rewarded with great views and unforgettable emotions

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

April–July | September–October • activity

Zion National Park offers a wide range of activities for everyone. Canyoneering is popular among those with experience, but beginners won't be bored either

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

Shimmering light displays, and tunnels attract thousands during the holidays

4th of July

4th of July

July 04 • event

Fireworks over amazing scenery of the American West

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers

mid-January–mid-March • nature

These huge white 'doughnuts' surely raise questions. Like, what is a 'snow roller' and where does it come from?

Grand to Grand Ultra

Grand to Grand Ultra

September 20–26, 2020 • event

Are you up for a seven-day race in one of the remotest parts of America?

The Maze, Canyonlands National Park

The Maze, Canyonlands National Park

April–May | October–November • nature

Most remote and difficult trail can become a true adventure for hikers

Notom-Bullfrog Road

Notom-Bullfrog Road

April–June | September–October • activity

This gravel road will take you along the most fascinating scenery in the state. Grab your camera and start an unforgettable road trip

Fantasy Canyon

Fantasy Canyon

April–May | September–October (all year round) • nature

Millions of years of formation created this amazing spot

Zebra Slot Canyon

Zebra Slot Canyon

April–June | September–November • nature

An exciting adventure in Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

December–March • activity

Snowmobiling in Utah is a great way to explore the beauty of this state with even more impressive winter views

Chimney Rock Loop Trail

Chimney Rock Loop Trail

April–early June | September–November (all year round) • activity

Take some inspiring photos in this iconic place with surreal scenery

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

mid-November–mid-March • activity

Some lower trails are so hot during the warm season, that it is recommended to hike in the winter

Zion Rock Climbing

Zion Rock Climbing

March–June | September–November • activity

Observing the marvellous landscapes from the peak of a mountain can’t be compared with anything else in the world, especially when you’ve climbed to the summit

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

November–March • activity

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to explore the beauty of winter landscapes

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

mid-December–early April • activity

Most of the skiing resorts are located in the northern part of Utah. They offer varied terrain and facilities for every level of skier

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

mid-March–April | October–mid-November • nature

Experience all known types of climbing at the most diverse terrain in the country

Utah Valley Marathon

Utah Valley Marathon

June 06, 2020 • event

Admire the unforgettable views during the run among green natural beauty

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

Celebrate, get scared and have fun in the Beehive State

Poe Canyon Adventure

Poe Canyon Adventure

April–May | September–November • activity

Have no fear and looking for an unforgettable adventure? Well, get ready for the most challenging canyoneering ever for professional groups only

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Utah weather in January

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January weather in Utah is full of extremes. Overall, it’s the coldest month of the year with the lowest temperatures observed in the north-central part of the state. Famous ski resorts of Salt Lake City and Park City area witness temperatures just above freezing during the day, and below freezing during the night. You will need a warm insulated jacket, gloves, and a hat to confront Utah’s winter weather. Snow is the most abundant at this time. The snowiest spot is Brighton that gets 12 snowy days in January and over 1.5m (65 inches) of snow cover. Slightly warmer temperature awaits visitors in the southern and western parts of Utah. If you plan to visit Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, Escalante, Canyonlands, The Needles, Moab, Glen Canyon or Zion, be prepared for rather chilly days with temperature just above freezing during the day and below freezing during the night. The warmest spot to visit is Zion National Park where during the day it can be about 12 °C or 54°F. Snowfalls are frequent at Blowhard Mountain and Bryce Canyon.

Utah weather in February

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In February the weather stays rather cold in most of Utah. The Salt Lake City skiing area, Brighton and Silver Lake get just above freezing temperature during most days, while at night the air cools down to -12 °C or 10 °F. Snowfall is almost as frequent as in January. Brighton area gets about 12 snow days in February, while Salt Lake City has six. So it’s a great time to be on top of of Solitude, Brighton, Alta or Snowbird and enjoy its incredible snowy terrain. Southwest is still cold, rather wet, and not too pleasant in February. It’s cold almost everywhere. The temperature seems bearable only at Zion National Park and St George, reaching 15 °C (59°F). Air is a little colder at Moab, Glen Canyon, and the Arches.

Utah weather in March

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The air starts warming up in north-central Utah sometimes reaching 12 °C (56 °F) in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Pleasant Grove during the day. At night the temperature still falls below freezing. It still snows heavily at Brighton and Silver Lake, but much less in Salt Lake City. March is an excellent time for skiers and snowboarders due to more sunshine and increasing daylight hours. Southwest Utah sees plenty of rain during March. With seven or eight days of rain in March, the arid areas like Moab, Canyonlands, Escalante, and Zion National Park get precipitation that they so desperately need. And it still snows at Blowhard Mountain and Bryce Canyon. Meanwhile, Zion National Park and St George are the warmest spots in March with temperatures reaching a comfortable range.

Utah weather in April

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April marks the true arrival of real spring to Utah. The frost is gone, the snow is melting, and cold weather is not coming back until next fall. Salt Lake City area boasts pleasant temperatures around 15-16 °C (in the 60s °F). It’s a very rainy month with 10 days of rain on average. But usually, one in four years has drier weather in the city. An occasional snowstorm is also possible even in April. The second month of spring can sometimes feel like summer in southwest Utah. St George and Zion National Park boast temperatures in 20s Celsius or 70s Fahrenheit. Visitors start to fill the parks. However, spring is always a mix of wet and warm weather in this area with occasional stormy days. There are about 6-7 rainy days at this time, and the weather can bring some nasty surprises.

Utah weather in May

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Days warm up very quickly in Central Utah in May, and the temperature gets very comfortable for spending time outside, hiking, cycling, rafting, and wildflower watching. May is one of the best months to visit Salt Lake City to witness nature awakening everywhere. Even though this is one of the rainiest months, the rains are usually short and never extreme. But with 9-10 rainy days in a month, you’ll definitely need an umbrella. May marks the start of high season in the parks of Southwest Utah. Late spring is the best time to enjoy the outdoors within comfortable temperatures before it gets too hot. Also, it’s a great chance to admire those beautiful wildflowers. However, May also brings thunderstorms and lightning to the southwest, so make sure you check the forecast before planning a hike.

Utah weather in June

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The first month of summer can bring hot and dry weather to the whole state of Utah. Salt Lake City and central areas experience the first heatwaves with temperatures rising above 30 °C (90 °F) in some areas. However, it’s not that bad due to cool breezes from the Great Salt Lake. Occasional thunderstorms are possible, and there are about six rainy days this month. June marks the beginning of the hot season in southwest Utah. It is still one of the most popular times to visit such parks as Canyonlands, Escalade, and Zion National Park. Visitors can count on warm temperatures, that can quickly raise to boiling during midday. So bring plenty of water and check the forecast regularly to avoid thunderstorms with lightning. There are about 3 days of precipitation during this month.

Utah weather in July

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July is the hottest and the driest month in Utah. So if you don’t tolerate the heat it’s better to pick another time for your visit. Sunny days provide plenty of daylight time. And the temperatures are rising to extreme 38 °C (100 °F) in desert areas. The humidity is rather low, and there are just four days of rain at this time in the Salt Lake City Area. However, rain is not a big problem. Seven days with thunderstorms is something that can be concerning. Thunderstorms are also frequent in southwestern Utah, starting from mid-July. Extreme heat and lightning hazards are the main drawbacks of this season at Zion National Park and other attractions. Bring plenty of water, sunblock lotion, and try to finish your hike before the afternoon storm kicks in.

Utah weather in August

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More sunny and dry weather awaits Utah visitors in August. But the temperature is slightly cooler than in the previous month. Despite the small amount of precipitation, August is the worst month in terms of thunderstorms. It is also getting windier. Wind speed is about 15 kmp (10 mph) in the Salt Lake City area. Thunderstorms are possible for 8 days this month. In the southwest, the weather is very much like in the north and central parts. Temperatures are still super hot, and it’s very dry with occasional thunderstorms.

Utah weather in September

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September is one of the best times to visit Utah. The temperature drops to comfortable levels, and it feels great to be outside hiking, cycling or climbing. It’s very dry and sunny with over 10 hours of daylight and just 6 rainy days per month. As rains increase, thunderstorms become less frequent. Southwest Utah experiences warm, sunny, and very dry weather in September with very little rain or wind. It’s considered to be a perfect time for canyoning and mountaineering. Temperature is comfortable to be outside, and the thunderstorms get less common.

Utah weather in October

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October is still a warm and sunny month in Utah, however, the north cools down faster than the south. In Salt Lake City area October could bring the first frost and snow. However, on most days it’s still sunny and warm enough to be outside for a long time. Plenty of hours of daylight leave lots of space for outdoor activities. Rain or snow is possible for 7 days per month. Heavy rainstorms may occur occasionally. October is one of the best months to visit parks in the southwest. The air temperatures at Zion National Park, Canyonland and Escalade are within the comfortable range between 15 and 28 °C ( 60 and 90 °F). It’s quite dry, however, snow is already possible at high elevations like Blowhard mountain. There are about 6 rainy days in October.

Utah weather in November

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Northern, eastern and central parts of Utah cool down rapidly during November. Outdoor activities are usually over by this time, as cooler temperatures prevail, bringing snow, frost and ice. However, most days in November are still relatively warm with temperatures above freezing. There are about four days of snow and five days of rain this month in Salt Lake City area. Southwestern Utah is a bit warmer. Zion still boasts comfortable temperatures during the day. The Arches and Canyonlands also have decent temperatures for a hike. Despite the chance of rain or snow is a bit higher and decreased daylight, November is still an excellent time to tour the parks of the southwest.

Utah weather in December

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Ski and snowboarding season usually kicks off in the mountains, as colder days prevail in December. Salt Lake City has considerably more snowfall, and clouds cover the skies during short days. At best you can count on some sun and temperature of around 10 °C (50 °F). There are two rainy and eight snowy days this month. Brighton and Silver Lake have the most snow and frost. The temperature drops below freezing at night. Southwest Utah also faces first cold and snow. However, the temperature is still bearable at Zion and St George to stay outside. First snow falls on the mountains. The biggest problems for visitors are short days and gloomy skies.