This time of year, which is to say, late autumn, the leaves have mostly lost their brilliant colors throughout Utah. There is, however, one place that is warm enough that the leaves don’t change until November – Zion National Park. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, think fall is the best time to visit Zion (and not just for the leaves) and here’s why:
Less Crowded – one of the major drawbacks to visiting Zion National Park, is that you aren’t the only one who wants to be there. The summer crowds are particularly bad around the visitor center and on the bus tours through Zion Canyon. And while there are never not people in the park, in the late fall, it is much less noticeable.
Much Cooler – while Zion may be warm enough to keep the leaves golden during this time of year, the weather is nowhere near as hot as the summer months. This fact alone means you can explore more of the park, because you don’t have to hike strictly in the morning or evenings.
Cleaner Air – many of the cities of the West become more polluted during the winter, due to a variety of seasonal changes. Going to Zion in the fall or winter may be the best chance for some clean, desert air.
Just Because – while we’ve done our best to convince you, the reader, that fall may be the best time to go to Zion National Park, ultimately the only reason that matters is that Zion is amazing. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been before, there is always something to discover or rediscover – and anytime of the year is the best time for that.