When it comes to choosing the ultimate fall getaway, New England and Canada are often the first places many Americans think of visiting. But while the brilliant colors of the changing leaves of the Northeast is a sight to see, it’s far from the only spot worthy of a visit this time of year. 

If you’ve never had the chance to experience Utah as the summer fades and before winter has a chance to set in, you’re missing out. Keep reading to learn more about why you need to plan the ultimate fall national park adventure out west.

The Leaves Change Here, Too

While Utah might not have the same number of deciduous trees changing their tones each fall, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get to experience some stunning colors.

Some of the tree species native to the state that experience a color change during the fall months include:

  • Quaking Aspen
  • Canyon Maple
  • Douglas Hawthorn
  • Scrub Oak
  • Evergreens
  • Serviceberries
  • Cottonwoods

Many of these trees are found throughout the state. But if you want to experience the greatest amount of color, especially in a national park, head to Southern Utah. Zion and Bryce Canyon, in particular, come alive with bright displays of orange and yellow. These tones are further accented by the stunning red rock cliffs and rock formations that frame them, making for some truly incredible photos this time of year.

Keep in mind that the warmer climate and different tree species mean that the state sees different time periods for fall colors than other parts of the country. Peak fall colors usually arrive in Utah in late September and may last through late October. If you want to maximize your chances of enjoying some stunning fall views—and capturing plenty of photos—plan to visit in mid-October.

The Crowds Have Begun to Fade

The summer months bring the largest yearly crowds to Utah’s popular national parks. On weekends and holidays, and especially around the height of the summer, the Mighty 5, and particularly Zion and Arches, see record-breaking crowds. Zion National Park’s shuttle system experiences lengthy lines of visitors waiting to venture into the park. And hour-long or longer lines have been known to form at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park as tourists queue up just to take a picture of this famous landmark.

But the later you get in the year, the more that the crowds fade. While the first few weekends of the fall tend to still see lines and wait times, as does the weekend of the Thanksgiving holiday, other weekends and weekdays are a great time to enjoy the parks with fewer crowds.

Of course, if you want to beat the crowds any week or weekend of the year, the best way to do it is with a private tour from Utah Luxury Tours. With an experienced guide on your side, you’ll navigate even a crowded park with ease, hitting the highlights and taking in the lesser-known trails and overlooks along the way.

The Weather’s Getting Milder

The average temperature in Southern Utah in July regularly nears triple digits. But by October, that number has dropped to the mid-60s. These cooler temperatures are perfect for taking on some tougher hikes or spending longer days outdoors. 

Whether you’re dreaming of hiking into the Grand Canyon, scaling Angels Landing, or perhaps planning to go off-roading in the desert, these activities are great to enjoy during the cooler months.

Picking the Perfect Fall Adventure

There’s no better way to take in the stunning fall colors, cooler temperatures, and less crowded parks than with a custom tour! Here at Utah Luxury Tours, we offer two tours that are perfect for the fall months.

Mighty 5 Custom Tour

The Mighty 5 Luxury Custom Tour is an incredible 7-day adventure to all of Utah’s national parks, as well as a few highlights along the way. You’ll have the chance to see some of each of the five national parks’ most iconic landmarks, like Delicate Arch, The Narrows, and the natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon.

While you won’t see much in the way of fall colors there, you’ll also have the chance to see Monument Valley.

Book your fall Mighty 5 Custom Tour in mid-October to enjoy peak fall colors in Zion and Bryce Canyon, as well as elsewhere in Utah.

Triple Canyon Custom Tour

Another great tour for taking in the changing leaves is the Triple Canyon Custom Tour. In fact, with this tour, you’ll have a chance to visit three national parks that are known for their stunning views and vibrant colors this time of year.

Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park are all highlights on this adventure. On this 6-day tour, you’ll also get a chance to visit Antelope Canyon, which may not have any trees, but will certainly put you in the mood for fall with its vibrant red-orange walls.

Book Your Fall Adventure

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some hiking in the cooler weather, want to see the sights with fewer crowds, or want to take in Utah’s stunning fall colors, now is the time to book your next tour. Contact us today to learn more about our available fall tours.