Our 3 Favorite Southern Utah Attractions this Fall

Janine Brandt | 10.14.19

When you’re planning a fall vacation, there are a few things you should look for: beautiful scenery, fun outdoor activities, mild weather and the perfect place to stay to get it all in. Southern Utah offers all of that and more to fall visitors! From stunning fall foliage to thrilling outdoor adventures and cool, clear skies, we’ve got everything you need to soak up the season before the cold days of winter arrive. Plus, with a Family Time Vacation Rental, you can do it all in comfortable bliss! Though there’s so much to do, we know that sometimes you need to hit the top attractions quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with our three favorite southern Utah attractions this fall. They’re the cant-miss adventures of the season!

*To check out ALL of our favorite Southern Utah attractions, download our complimentary Southern Utah vacation guide!

The Patchwork Highway

There’s nothing quite like Southern Utah in the fall. The area comes alive with stunning arrays of red, yellow, orange and purple, and the diverse landscapes provide a multitude of ways to experience the fall foliage. But how do you choose? Enter The Patchwork Highway. One of the most highly-regarded scenic drives in the country, this sprawling section of Highway 143 takes you through some of southern Utah’s most gorgeous wilderness. Beginning in Brian Head, you’ll wind through 55 miles of forests, canyons, lakes, and mountains, ending in the charming city of Panguitch. You’ll also pass four national parks along the way, each of which offers their own views and ecosystems. If you’re looking to soak in the autumn scenery, there’s no better way to experience everything the fall season has to offer in south Utah.

One of our great Brian Head cabin rentals is the perfect spot to begin your fall journey. You’ll stay close to the beautiful fall wilderness while having easy access to the convenience of the city and the fun of the surrounding area. Our Cabin On The Prarie gives easy access to most of the Patchwork Highway’s biggest attractions, plus stunning fall views and a large wraparound deck where you can relax and take it all in.

Zion National Park

Located along the Patchwork Highway, Zion National Park is the state’s oldest national park – and still one of the most popular. More than 125,000 acres of forest, canyon and desert landscapes provide unmatched opportunities for hiking, biking, canyoneering and more. View a breathtaking fall sunset over the canyons as they become awash in muted tones of purple, orange and gold. It is also one of the only national parks in the region that allows nighttime access for stargazing – a magnificent experience that’s made all the better by the fall’s cool temperature and clear skies. Be sure to grab a map on your way in so you’ll know which autumn constellations to look for.

Zion National Park has so much to offer that you can spend days there and still not do it all! When you’re spending a few days exploring the park, be sure to do so from one of our conveniently located cabins. Our Deer Crossing Cabin sleeps eight in a spacious log cabin near the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. It is the perfect home base for exploring both parks and has some great amenities like a wraparound deck and BBQ grill! Be careful that your delicious burgers don’t attract a passing deer!

Panguitch Lake

Panguitch Lake is home to some of the biggest trout in the state – which is probably why the Native Americans named it “Big Fish.” Anglers from around the country come to this fishing oasis for prime reeling opportunities year-round. During the fall, fly-fishing is a popular attraction as the temperatures cool and the water becomes perfectly glassy. In addition to fishing, you can enjoy tubing or boating on the lake, and the surrounding forest offers more than 100 miles of trails for ATV riding, hiking, horseback riding, and more. It’s the perfect all-in-one space to enjoy a quiet fall afternoon in southern Utah style.

Can’t get enough of the stunning Panguitch Lake? Us, either! That’s why we offer charming lakes that are steps from the water, so you can make the most of your waterfront adventure. You’ll feel right at home in our Panguitch Lakehome, which offers front porch views of the lake and mountains as well as amenities like a game room and outdoor grill. You and up to 13 others will enjoy easy access to the whole lake while you experience fall the way that only Panguitch Lake can provide!

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