When to see the Best Fall Leaves in Utah

Posted By Allison on Sep 26, 2012


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Hello!

Do you love fall leaves? Me too.

Utah is better known for the Greatest Snow on Earth and the Mighty 5 national parks than for its fall color. However, if you  – like most of us in Utah – can see the mountains from your house, you know that Utah is beautiful in the fall too.

Here are a few tips for making the most of the fall leaves in Utah.

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When to Go

The last two weeks of September is typically the time to find the best fall leaves of the year in Utah. Leaves are mostly green in the valleys, but in the mountains, fall colors are at their peak. The gorgeous fall colors in this post are from a September camping trip near Eden, Utah with friends a few years ago.

We traveled through Ogden Canyon to find these spectacular views (and a moose!), but you can see this kind of color in most of Utah’s canyons throughout much of the month of September. Pick a canyon, any canyon to get your fall foliage fix.

Favorite Fall Destinations

Other Utah destinations we love in the fall include Park City, Snowbird, and Capitol Reef National Park.

We once spent a fall weekend at the luxurious Montage Deer Valley. We got off-season rates, but we had gorgeous views of the fall color from our room. There were so many fun family activities and restaurants at Montage, that we never left the resort once during our two-night stay.

Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City hosts Oktoberfest every fall. This family-friendly event is held every weekend from mid-August through mid-October. We have also enjoyed fall leaves at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon (on the way to Snowbird) on the easy Temple Quarry Trail.

I think that Capitol Reef National Park has the best fall color of all Utah’s national parks. Plus, you can pick apples and other fruit from the park’s historic orchards in season.

If you’d like more suggestions for finding a colorful fall drive, Utah.com has a list of 30 scenic drives throughout the state where you can find the best fall leaves. These colors won’t last long, so get out and enjoy!

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Looking for a fun way to help the kids enjoy fall leaves? Click the button below for fall activity ideas that your family will love in this post: Fun Fall Foliage Trip Ideas for Families.

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.

10 Comments

  1. Pretty pictures! There is a really cool place to eat up near where you were called The Oaks. It is fun in the fall because you have the option of eating outside in a cute little private gazebo that is surrounded by shrubs and you can look up at the pretty fall leaves. I had a burger there with sweet potato fries and watermelon, all of which were delicious.

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    • Thanks for the recommendation! I remember seeing that restaurant along the way and wondered if it was any good.

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  2. I love those autumn colours. We live in North Queensland where we do not get to see these autumn displays.

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  3. Beautiful photos! Somehow, I’ve never pictured Utah to look like a picture perfect New England Autumn scene. But, now I know where to go in the coming years for Fall.

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    • Thank you! I don’t think Utah will ever be the fall leaf peeping destination that New England is, but we obviously get our share of fall color. The view of the Wasatch Mountains right now is gorgeous and it’s hard to beat a Utah canyon drive at this time of year. I chose the native Big Tooth Maple in my front yard specificially for its vibrant fall colors.

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  4. AH!!!!! I miss seeing these colors of fall! You MUST link up with us today as my theme is Fall!!

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  5. Gorgeous shots. I wish the leaves would last a little longer but I’m getting out to enjoy them while I can.

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  6. Beautiful photos – the turning leaves are my favourite part of fall! We are just starting to get some colour here but we are heading north for Canadian Thanksgiving next weekend and the leaves should be at their peak!

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  7. And I always thought I’d have to travel all the way across the country to see leaves turning! Never thought of heading over to Utah!

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