Do you anticipate the changing of the leaves each year? The same applies to me. Spending a day or weekend in the fall exploring Utah in search of the state’s best autumn foliage might be a rewarding experience. Utah is more known for its Greatest Snow on Earth and its Mighty 5 national parks than its autumn foliage. Conversely, if you are a Utah native and, like the majority of us, you have a view of the mountains from your house, you know that the state is equally beautiful in the fall. If you want to view Utah’s fall foliage, here are some of my top suggestions for when and where to go. So here are the best places to see utah fall colors.
When Does Utah’s Fall Season Typically Start?
Beautiful fall color may usually be seen in Utah’s mountain ranges during the last two weeks of September. While the lowlands may still have a preponderance of green foliage, the third week of September is often when the canyons and hiking trails attain their peak fall color.bThe rich colors of the fall leaves are most visible in late September and early October.
Once, in the fall, we chose to spend the weekend at the luxurious Montage Deer Valley. We were fortunate to get off-season rates in return for a suite with spectacular views of the changing leaves. Because there were so many fun things for families to do during our two-night stay at Montage, we didn’t leave the property once.
On our second trip, we went to Utah Olympic Park around Labor Day weekend and were amazed to see the leaves beginning to change. Exciting activities like this on the final day of summer were a great way to transition into fall.
Little Cottonwood Canyon
The Little Cottonwood Canyon Snowbird Resort has an annual Oktoberfest party in the fall. It’s not far from Salt Lake City, at a place called Little Cottonwood Canyon. From around the second weekend in August through about the second weekend in October, there will be a family-friendly event.
We also enjoyed the fall colors at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon on the short and easy Temple Quarry Trail. When the creek dries up in the fall, this region becomes ideal for wandering on granite rocks and photographing the stunning surroundings.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park has the most spectacular fall colors of any Utah national park. The place is perfect for a getaway during the school’s autumn break.
Capitol Reef National Park is rich in both natural and cultural attractions. Apples and other fruits may be picked fresh from the park’s historic orchards during the proper seasons.
A group of friends and I camped out in Eden, Utah, during the month of September a few years ago. The foliage’ spectacular transformation was a sight to see. Lucky for us, a moose appeared during our morning hike.
Ogden Canyon has some of the best fall color in the area. We like visiting the Ogden area for vacations, both in the canyon near the ski resorts and Pineview Reservoir and in the city itself, where we can enjoy a wide range of specialty eateries and exciting attractions for the entire family.
It’s a pity that the brilliant leaves of fall only linger around for such a short time, given that there are so many things to do and so little time. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make the most of these mild fall days with the advice we’ve provided.