Utah is a semiarid state with a variety of four-season climate factors. With elevations from 2,200 feet to over 13,500 feet, the terrain differs in deserts, forested mountains, and redrock canyons.
Utah Weather & Climate
So you're coming to Utah ... 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 our four distinct 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, the weather in Utah 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 ofwater and some sunscreen. Stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. Your Indiana Jones adventure hat will be right at home at here as well.
Should I Bring a Coat?
Spring in Utah can be dramatic with a quick rainstorm or snow flurry one moment, and warm sunshine in the next. This time of year 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 is outdoors all the time, warm days and nights. The weather in Utah's national parks, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion is often quite warm, but with a little planning it 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 Red Country loves the fall and everyone is out playing in 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 likes Bryce Canyon and Arches is a magical season.
*Mountain resorts receive between 300" and 500" of annual snowfall
Planning for Extremes:
Ultimately, what to pack depends on where you're going in Utah, and what you're doing: skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth® versus golfing and fishing statewide 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. Utah ranges 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 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!
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