Top Fall Activities in Southern Utah

Janine Brandt | 08.11.20

Southern Utah is known for thrilling outdoor fun that’s perfect for a winter or summer adventure. Less known, but just as exciting, is the variety of fun autumn perks that make this wilderness wonderland a great choice for your fall vacation! Temperatures drop, peak season crowds decline, and the landscape comes alive in a dizzying array of yellow, gold, red, and orange hues. There’s also a variety of fun fall activities in the area that offer a unique way to celebrate the harvest season. Read on to discover the top fall activities in Southern Utah!


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Drive Southern Utah’s Fall Color Loop

This scenic drive takes you on a serene (and air-conditioned!) loop through a variety of Southern Utah landscapes. Beginning in Parowan, the loop winds along scenic Highway 143 (also known as The Patchwork Highway) through Brian Head, Panguitch, and the Sidney Valley before connecting with Highway 148 to ride the rim of the Cedar Breaks National Monument. Around every bend, you’ll be treated to stunning sights of unique landscapes awash in autumn hues as you wind near four national parks, a handful of historical villages, and through some of the best fall scenery in the state.


Visit a National Park

The area boasts several national parks that take on a whole new level of beauty as their landscapes come alive with glorious fall color. Zion National Park is a favorite for autumn leaf-peeping, especially in the main canyon and along the Riverside Walk trail. Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park are also great choices for fun fall exploration.


Stay close to the parks all year-long in one of our designated national park vacation rentals!


Cast a Line

As fall spreads cooler temperatures throughout the region, fishing becomes a fun and comfortable way to spend a brisk fall day. During autumn, the varied species of fish in the area boost their metabolism to prepare for a long winter under the ice, leading to a prime opportunity for a trophy-size catch. Head to Panguitch Lake or Duck Creek Village for some of the best fall fishing spots and plenty of other water activities to fill an amazing autumn afternoon. We even have rentals close to both areas to keep you on the banks of fall fishing all season long!


Catch Some Autumn Air

The Brian Head Resort Mountain Bike Park offers a whole new way to shred the slopes during the summer and early fall. Tackle thrilling jumps, bounce along rocky mountain terrain, and explore hundreds of miles of scenic backcountry trails that are bursting with bright fall foliage. It’s a perfect way to test your eyes and your muscles as you get up close and personal with the stunning Southern Utah scenes.


Follow the Fall Color Report

For true fall fanatics, the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau posts a weekly fall color report straight to their website beginning September 1 and running through the end of October. The report gives locals and visitors up-to-date information on the best places to view stunning autumn foliage around Brian Head, Panguitch Lake, Cedar Breaks, Duck Creek Village, Parowan Canyon, and the scenic byways. Follow the report to find prime fall spots for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and leaf-peeping through the entire season!


Top 3 2020 Fall Events in Southern Utah


All event dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19 guidelines.


Cedar Livestock and Heritage Festival

October 22-25, 2020

Cedar City, Utah


Red Rock Film Festival

November 4-7, 2020

Cedar City, Utah


Parowan Fall Fest & Car Show

October 10, 2020

Main Street Park, Parowan, UT


Book Your Fall Vacation with Family Time Vacation Rentals!

The perfect fall trip to Southern Utah includes a vacation rental that keeps you immersed in our changing autumn landscape. Browse our available rentals and book your fall break stay today to take advantage of the low prices, cool temps, and stunning scenes!

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