Utah in October: Fall Fun Under the Desert Sun

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  • Utah

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

Delicate Arch stands majestically in Arches National Park.
Curator’s statement

Utah and Zion National Park are the coolest—picture epic red rocks, canyons to explore and a vibe that's pure desert magic. In October, the fall colors kick in, turning everything into a dreamy adventure under the Utah sun. It's that special spot where nature goes all out to make your trip unforgettable.

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Where to stay in Utah

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Under Canvas Zion

Relaxing property located on 196 acres and across from Zion National Park with upscale, safari-style tents.


A true bucket-list destination, famed for the best-in-class spa, sensational architecture and rare seclusion on 600 acres of Utah desert.

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  • $100 resort/hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Amangiri Hotel Canyon Point

Experience unparalleled luxury and natural beauty at Amangiri Hotel Canyon Point, where timeless design meets breathtaking desert landscapes for an unforgettable retreat.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Utah

Grand View Point Overlook offers a awe-inspiring vista at Canyonlands National Park.

Ultimate Zion Auto Tour (4 hours) - $16.99: Cruise through Zion at your pace, catch all the views, and make it your own adventure. Driving freedom and epic scenery? It's a no-brainer.

Hike Canyon Overlook Trail: Moderate hike, crazy views. It's the spot for those seeking a challenge with a jaw-dropping payoff.

Picnic at Canyon Overlook: Picture-perfect picnic with killer views. Good food meets great scenery—what's not to love?

Hike to Emerald Pools: A nature retreat with lush pools. Whether you're a hiking pro or just up for a stroll, this one's a winner.

Catch Sunset at Watchman Trail: Magic hour at its finest. Wrap up your day with a chill sunset view—Zion style.

Stroll Through Springdale's Art Galleries: Dive into the local arts scene with a leisurely stroll through Springdale. Discover unique galleries showcasing the talents inspired by Zion's beauty.

River Tubing on the Virgin River: Embrace the chill vibes with a river tubing adventure. Float down the Virgin River, taking in the scenic surroundings—a perfect way to cool off and unwind.

Explore Ghost Town of Grafton: Step back in time with a visit to Grafton Ghost Town. Wander through the remnants of a pioneer settlement and soak in the eerie charm of this historical spot.

Visit Zion Canyon Brew Pub: Cheers to good times! Head to Zion Canyon Brew Pub for a laid-back atmosphere, craft brews, and delicious bites. It's a local favorite for a reason.

Scenic Drive through Kolob Canyons: Take a road trip to Kolob Canyons for a less crowded but equally stunning experience. Enjoy the scenic drive through red rock canyons and marvel at the breathtaking vistas.

Places to eat & drink in Utah

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Red Rock Grill: Red Rock Grill offers a diverse menu with something for everyone. From hearty breakfasts to satisfying dinners, their culinary offerings are complemented by the cozy ambiance, making it an excellent choice for any time of the day.

Castle Dome Cafe: Castle Dome Cafe is a unique dining experience within Zion National Park. Its location and casual atmosphere make it an ideal spot to grab a quick bite between adventures. The panoramic views add an extra layer of enjoyment to your meal.

King's Landing Bistro: King's Landing Bistro stands out for its upscale dining in a relaxed setting. The diverse menu features prime rib, seafood and gourmet pasta, providing a perfect blend of flavors for those seeking a more refined culinary experience.

Oscar's Café: Oscar's Café is a Southwestern culinary gem. Its creative menu, inspired by the region, offers a delightful mix of flavors. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly service make it a go-to spot for those craving a taste of local cuisine.

Zion Canyon Brew Pub: Zion Canyon Brew Pub is a local favorite, combining craft brews with a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you're a beer enthusiast or just looking for a relaxed spot to enjoy good food, this pub is a must-visit in Springdale.

Spotted Dog Café: Spotted Dog Café, located at the Zion Lodge, provides a rustic yet elegant dining experience. With a focus on regional and sustainable ingredients, it offers a taste of the local culinary scene amid the breathtaking surroundings of Zion National Park.

Switchback Grille: Switchback Grille is known for its steak and seafood offerings in a warm and inviting setting. The diverse menu and upscale ambiance make it a top choice for those seeking a more elevated dining experience while exploring the Zion area.

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