Travel guide to visit Utah in November

If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Utah in Novemberwe’ve put together this guide that includes where to go, what to do, what to pack and where to stay.

When looking for places to visit in Utah in the month of November, it is important to know the expected weather you might encounter at this time of year.

November temperatures will vary between northern and southern Utah, with those in the south about 10 degrees warmer. Keep in mind that higher elevation temperatures will be 10-20 degrees cooler than average.

There are some fun places to go in Utah in the fall, like exploring national and state parks. You can also practice many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives and photography.

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A Photography Tour of Utah’s National Parks

Take a visual tour of Utah’s five national parks to see the stunning scenery you’ll see during your visit!

Northern and Southern Utah in November

The state of Utah is generally divided into two regions: North and South.

Northern Utah:

Salt Lake City and Park City are the largest cities in northern Utah. You will find main streets and town centers bustling with nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts.

Northern Utah is also home to mountains, forests, lakes, and reservoirs where you can hike, boat, stargaze, or camp.

You can still hike and bike during the day in the mountains of northern Utah before the snow starts falling!

Southern Utah:

Driving from north to south in Utah, you will pass through small towns with limited services.

Take note of where the various Utah vacation spots are located around the state. A drive from Salt Lake City to one of the southern national parks can take 4-5 hours.

You will find Utah’s 5 national parks in central and southern Utah. In November, the crowds begin to dwindle and the weather conditions are not yet too cold to enjoy outdoor activities. Keep in mind that Thanksgiving weekend will be busy at all 5 parks, so try to avoid this time if you can.

There’s an equally astounding list of Utah state parks and national monuments throughout the state for hiking, biking, and off-roading.

Utah Weather in November

November weather in Utah becomes much cooler. Average precipitation is 1.5 inches of rain/snow, with snow likely in places in the higher elevations of Utah. You are more likely to avoid snow by visiting the first half of November than late November.

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.

It is important to know the weather forecast and expected temperatures for the parks you will be visiting in November. So we’ve written detailed guides for each national park in Utah:

Remember to stay hydrated and use sunscreen, even in cooler months like November. If you intend to do outdoor activities, we recommend the following:

Is November a good time to visit Utah?

We really love traveling to Utah in November. This is one of the best times to visit Utah, as crowds at popular destinations dwindle.

Still, the daytime weather and temperatures aren’t too cold to really enjoy all the outdoor activities you can do in Utah.

What to do in Utah in November

If you’re planning a trip in November, here’s a fun list of things to do and places to visit in Utah.

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Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah National Parks in November

All Utah National Parks are open year-round and daily in November. The Five Park Visitor Center will have reduced hours in November and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Some of Utah’s national parks now have permits to enter or do certain activities, so be sure to check reservations required to determine the best time to visit Utah’s national parks.

We’ve written specific guides on visiting Utah’s national parks in November:

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Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah

Utah State Parks in November

Check out this list of Utah state parks where you can hike, bike, rock climb, photograph, and stargaze. Here are some of our favorite Utah state parks to visit in November:

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Turret Passage through the North Window of Arches National Park.

Hiking in Utah in November

We love hiking in November in Utah. There are many trails that offer a variety of different terrain all around the state in national parks, state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas.

Check out these fun hiking ideas in Utah:

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Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel

Utah Scenic Drives in November

In November, Utah’s scenic drives in the lower elevations around the state are open for exploration – here’s a list of the ones we recommend:

Sunrise at Capitol Reef National Park

Photograph of Utah in November

Late fall is a good time of year to photograph the beautiful landscapes you see in Utah, as the light isn’t as harsh as it is in the summer. You will find deserts with sandstone cliffs, forested mountains, deep canyons and red rock monoliths to photograph.

In November, sunrise and sunset times are neither too early nor too late:

Here’s a list of our favorite year-round photography spots in Utah:

We highly recommend rechargeable hand warmers and photographer’s gloves for chilly early morning sunrise rides!

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Stars seen at Arches National Park through the North Window.

Stargazing in Utah in November

You won’t find a better place than Utah for stargazing! Did you know that Utah has the highest concentration of certified international dark sky parks in the world! ?

We highly recommend that you take the time to see the night sky while on vacation. And better yet, photograph the Milky Way in these Utah locations!

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

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