Be Prepared for Utah's Weather
Got an eye on Utah's Mighty 5® national parks? Wondering what Zion National Park weather is like? Suitcase open. Ready to bundle like a pro, just not sure what to pack? Take a look at the regional averages below or get a feel for the four distinct Utah seasons in "Should I Bring a Coat?" (Spoiler alert: except for summer, you should probably have a coat and a pair of gloves, though in summer the highest elevations can get a bit chilly at night.)
On average, Utah weather is quite temperate. Utah is a semiarid state with dry, high country air and plenty of sunshine. Generally speaking, Utah is best experienced with an extra bottle of water and some sunscreen. Stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. Your Indiana Jones adventure hat will be right at home here as well.
Should I Bring a Coat?
Spring in Utah can be dramatic with clouds and a quick rainstorm or snow flurry one moment, and warm sunshine in the next. Spring in Utah is one of the most popular seasons to plan your trip because you can ski and golf on the same day and the weather in Utah's national parks is perfect. Coat for skiing. Plus fours for golfing.
Summer in Utah has you outdoors all the time with warm days and nights. The weather in Utah's national parks, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion is often quite hot, but with a little planning summer is a great season to be out playing. July is the hottest month in Utah, but with an early start on the trail you can take the afternoon to rest in the shade, set up camp or grab a drink.
Autumn in Utah is as colorful and varied as the seasons. With a thunderstorm here and there, it's pretty much perfect throughout The Mighty 5® national parks of Utah. Red Rock Country loves the fall and everyone is out playing in sunny Northern Utah too. Grab a layer for the evening.
Winter in Utah is colder but surprisingly pleasant. Most of Utah's snow is reserved for the mountains, but even our national parks love the occasional dusting of snow. In a way, winter in national parks like Bryce Canyon and Arches is a magical season.
Regional Averages: Winter and Spring
Regional Averages: Summer and Fall
Average Annual Precipitation
Top of Utah: Logan, near Bear Lake
Wasatch Range: Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Park City
Eastern Utah: Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur NM
Central Utah: Fishlake NF, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef
Southeastern Utah: Moab, near Arches, Canyonlands
Southwestern Utah: St. George, near Zion
Southcentral Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante, Lake Powell
Planning for Extremes:
Ultimately, what to pack for your trip depends on where you're going in Utah, and what you're doing: skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth® versus golfing and fishing statewide, shopping in Salt Lake City or hiking and exploring Utah's bucket-list national parks. (Or all of the above.) You see, there is more than 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) of elevation variation across three distinct provinces in Utah. Weather varies depending on where you are, from the unique desert climate of the American Southwest to whiteout snow conditions on high Rocky Mountain roads.
Those are the extremes.
You may not spend much time above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) (but our skilled guides and outfitters are happy to help you get there). Sure, you'll have to pay attention to the forecast for occasional afternoon thundershowers and flash floods throughout the Red Rock Country of Utah's national parks, and if you haven't driven in snow before, well, we invite you to let our friends at Public Safety help get you through that. Otherwise, welcome to the high country!