Travel guide to visit Utah in September

We have prepared a guide to visit Utah in September which includes weather, vacation spots, things to do, what to pack and where to stay.

September is one of the best times to visit Utah when the weather is just about perfect for enjoying outdoor activities all over the state!

Check out this list of amazing places to go in Utah in the fall and things to do like exploring national and state parks, picking apples, or riding the pumpkin patch!

We highly recommend a trip to Utah in September – read on and you’ll see why!

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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 September

The state of Utah is generally divided into two regions: North and South. It is important to note where the various Utah vacation spots are located in the state. A drive from Salt Lake City in the north to one of the national parks in the south can take 4-5 hours.

You’ll find most of Utah’s largest cities (like Salt Lake City and Park City) in the North. These cities offer bustling main streets and downtowns with nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts.

In northern Utah, you’ll find mountains, forests, lakes, and reservoirs where you can hike, boat, stargaze, or camp. September is a wonderful time to enjoy the mountains with the crisp, fresh air!

As you leave the north and head south, you pass through small towns with limited services.

You will find Utah’s 5 national parks in southern Utah. These parks feature red rocks, arches, hoodoos, river-carved canyons and more! Because the weather is moderate in September, it’s a busy time of year in the national parks!

There’s an equally astonishing list of Utah state parks and national monuments across the state where you can hike, bike, off-road, canyon, raft and more. !

Utah Weather in September

We always recommend that you take a look at the weather forecast and what temperatures to expect for when you want to plan your Utah vacation. You never know when an unexpected storm will strike bringing rain and cold air.

It usually doesn’t snow in September, but it’s always a possibility. If so, it’s usually just a thin layer of dust on the mountain tops!

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September weather in Utah

You can’t beat the weather in Utah in September! In the north, average temperatures in September are: highs 79 / lows 58 degrees F.

Temperatures are still quite warm in southern Utah. Average temperatures in September: highs 98 / lows 63 degrees F.

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

It’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection in September. If you intend to do outdoor activities, we recommend the following:

WATER: Drink at least a gallon of water a day and always carry water with you – hydration packs or refillable bottles in your backpack.

FOOD: Pack and eat salty snacks

SUN PROTECTION: Wear a sun hat and use sunscreen. If you’re not used to dry heat, you’ll want to use a lip balm with sunscreen and moisturizer!

Is September a good time to visit Utah?

We think September is one of the best times to visit Utah, as the weather is great across the state! You can enjoy all the outdoor summer activities in September without the heat you find in July and August!

And the fall foliage you’ll see in Utah in September is the icing on the cake for your vacation this time of year!

fall foliage in utah

Fall Foliage in Utah in September

Fall foliage in Utah is spectacular. The last two weeks of September are typically peak fall foliage in the canyons and hiking trails of northern Utah.

Although you may consider southern Utah to have less fall foliage than the north, there is plenty of beautiful fall color on display the last two weeks of September and into early October. Zion National Park in the fall is the best place to visit for its colorful foliage in southern Utah, but don’t miss Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Panguitch either.

Things to do in Utah in September

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


Utah National Parks in September

All Utah National Parks are open daily in September.

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

We’ve written specific guides on visiting Utah National Park in September:


Utah State Parks in September

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

Zion National Park Visitor Center

Hiking in September in Utah

Hiking in Utah is a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty. In September, you will enjoy cooler temperatures and may be able to see colorful fall leaves depending on where you are hiking.

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.

alpine loop scenic drive in fall

Utah Scenic Drives in September

Utah is a beautiful state known for its scenic and scenic drives. The state has over 400,000 miles of roads to explore. In September, you can admire the fall foliage along many of these scenic drives!

Photograph of Utah in September

Utah’s landscape ranges from arid deserts with sandstone cliffs to forested mountain valleys, deep canyons and red rock monoliths. This is truly a photographer’s dream!

In September, colorful leaves take center stage in Utah photography, especially in the mountains.

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


Stargazing in Utah in September

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.

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Utah State Fair

Fall and state fairs go hand in hand! The Utah State Fair is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The fairground lights up in September for 10 days with shows, delicious fair food, carnival rides and more.

Gardner Village Witches Festival

From mid-September through Halloween, the historic village of Gardner is decorated with witches’ celebrations. The Gardner Village WitchFest includes everything from races (5K, 10K and half marathon), an escape room and scavenger hunts, to the decades-old tradition of Witches Night Out. Gardner Village is located in West Jordan, Utah.

Wheeler Farm Pumpkin Days

Celebrate pumpkins and fall leaves at Wheeler Farm in late September and October. Wheeler Farm Pumpkin Days admission ticket includes maze and corn pit and ride. Pumpkins also available. Wheeler Farm is located in Murray, Utah.

Autumn at altitude

Every September, for one weekend, the sky above Park City fills with hot air balloons. The Autumn Aloft launch takes place Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and is free to spectators.

Rowley’s Red Barn

For fresh apple cider in Utah in the fall, Rowley’s Red Barn is the place to go. Apple picking is available on Fridays and Saturdays in September. Rowley’s also offers fall activities, such as a hay maze, pumpkin patch, and playground, just a short wagon ride away. Rowley’s Red Barn is in Santaquin, Utah.

Cornbelly’s at Thanksgiving Point

Cornbelly’s is the ultimate fall activity festival. They offer everything from a corn maze, apple blasters and a cow train to tons of fall food options. Thanksgiving Point is located in Lehi, Utah.


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