Home to both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, Southern Utah is a stunning destination year-round. Abundance with unparalleled vistas, this area becomes even more beautiful in autumn when the fall colors in Zion National Park are in full effect. Grab your camera, plan your hiking route, and explore the park to experience the intensely vibrant colors.
As you begin to plan your trip to Southern Utah, be sure to download a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide. You’ll have access to local insight on the area including the best hiking routes to witness Zion National Park fall colors as well as top restaurants and other activities. Countless travelers have used this handy guide to plan their dream vacation. Get your copy today!
Tips for Viewing Zion National Park Fall Colors
Great Spots for Viewing
Kolob Finger Scenic Byway/North Zion National Park
Just 18 miles south from Cedar City, UT, off of 1-15 at Exit 40, the Kolob Fingers Scenic Byway ascends several switchbacks to unveil the Kolob finger canyons. Offering a beautiful view any time of the year, the canyons transform into intense shades of red and orange during the fall. For more stunning fall colors in the Zion National Park, you can stop several places along the way. The Timber Creek Overlook is a great place to rest and enjoy a picnic amongst the fall colors or a short hike.
The Best Time
- Early September: It is unusual for the trees to have a lot of color in early September. Higher elevations may show some color at this point.
- Mid-September: About 30-50% of the trees at high elevation have begun to change color.
- Late September-Early October: This is usually the peak season to see fall colors in Zion National Park. Brian Head and Cedar Breaks are two favorite places to witness the foliage this time of the year as well as Duck Creek, Navajo Lake, and Panguitch Lake.
- Mid-October: Higher elevations are usually past peak at this time, but colors along Highway 14 from Cedar City are vibrant.
- Late October through Mid-November: This is the universally the best time for viewing fall colors in the park.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a hobbyist, you’ll want to capture the beauty of the Zion National Park fall colors to cherish for years to come. To get the best photo possible follow these guidelines:
- Use a tripod for stability.
- Photograph during the early morning or evening for the best lighting.
- Utilize the depth of field technique.
- Shoot from varying positions and angles.
- Look for reflections of leaves on the water.
Stay with Family Time Vacation Rentals This Fall!
Start planning your trip to Southern Utah today to take advantage of the fall colors in Zion National Park! Family Time Vacation Rentals has properties in several towns throughout the area allowing our guests to have easy access to nearby attractions including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon!
Located in Duck Creek Village, the Sundance Kid property is less than an hour from Zion National Park and has room to accommodate up to 14 guests. You’ll have plenty of space in this home with two separate living rooms, a large deck, and backyard. In the evenings, cozy up around the fireplace or enjoy an alfresco dinner cooking on the outdoor grill.
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