Visiting Zion in November
Learn all about what to expect visiting Zion National Park in November
The month of November is an incredible time to visit Zion National Park. Autumn colors provide a sight that is sure to amaze you—the cottonwoods turn a dazzling yellow, and there are pockets of maples that become an enchanting red. There are a number of benefits to visiting Zion in November, as well as some drawbacks. Below we have categorized the most common “when-to-go” questions to help you determine if November is the best month for you to visit Zion National Park.
Benefits of Visiting Zion in November
The biggest benefit of visiting Zion in November is the crowds have all but disappeared, and there is opportunity for peace and quiet in the park. Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, then add in the beautiful autumn colors, and Zion is mind-blowing. November weather provides brilliant blue skies, and awe-inspiring red, orange and yellow cottonwoods next to the Virgin River—giving you amazing opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography. There’s nothing quite like autumn-colored leaves contrasted against the red and white sandstone cliffs.
Drawbacks of Visiting in November
The only drawback to visiting Zion in November is less daylight to enjoy the park and complete your hike. The sun rises roughly between 7:30 am and 8:00 am as the month progresses, and sets between 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm. To best utilize your time in the park, we recommend going on a guided day hike, where a local Zion expert will provide fascinating geological and cultural interpretation.
Things To Do In November
November is a wonderful time of the year to go on a hike in Zion National Park — with trails ranging from easy to strenuous, there is something for everyone in Zion, giving you the chance to experience the best of the park from amazing vantage points. The cottonwood and maple’s leaves are vividly turning red, orange and yellow, giving amazing contrast against the flowing Virgin River and the red and coral sandstone, and provide excellent opportunities for sightseeing and photography.
Autumn is also a great season to bike through Zion Canyon. Bicycles are available for rental in Springdale, and nothing beats riding through the canyon, with the crisp fall air rushing past you. Shuttle buses operate through late November, and have bike racks on the front, so you can start or finish you ride wherever you desire. The Pa’rus Trail is accessible for bikes as well.
Hiking in November
Hiking is a ideal in November— the crowds have thinned immensely, and trails to high elevation give you amazing and panoramic views of the canyon’s colors. There are also wonderful trails along the valley floor, that take you next to the rushing and cool Virgin River, and through the colorful cottonwoods. With trails that range from easy to strenuous, all ages and levels of ability are able to enjoy hiking in Zion. You can read our list of best trails in Zion for recommendations. Make sure you read the current conditions for up-to-date trail information.
Backpacking in November gives you the opportunity to experience wilderness solitude, and marvel at the fantastic autumn colors contrasted against unique and out-of-this-world rock formations that few others get to see. Read our page about backpacking permits for information on planning a backpacking trip.
Basecamp tours are a wonderful option for seeing much of Zion and nearby Snow Canyon. The company takes care of all the planning, accommodations and meals, and provides appropriate gear, so you can enjoy your trip without any of the stress that comes with planning a National Park vacation.
Day hiking tours are great for those who want to maximize their limited time in park, while gaining knowledge from a local and experienced guide.
Weather in November
The weather in Zion National Park is cool during the day and chilly in the evening in November. The average temperature for Zion Canyon in November is a high of 63, and a low of 37 degrees Fahrenheit (17/3 degrees Celsius). In Kolob Canyons, the average temperature is a high of 58, and a low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit (14/0 degrees Celsius). On average, it rains 5 days during the month of November. Check the weather for Zion National Park before heading out for the day.
Join a Guided Hiking Adventure
Zion National Park is home to some of the most epic and amazing hiking vacations in the world. Wildland Trekking offers trips with the best of Zion: canyons, views, wildlife, solitude, adventure and fascinating natural and cultural interpretation.
Guided Zion treks are all-inclusive which covers permits; local transportation (excluded on certain tours); meals; equipment; safety systems and professional hiking/wilderness guides; all of which allows visitors to maximize their time in Zion and focus entirely on enjoying the Park.
ZION ADVENTURE TOURS
- INN-BASED HIKING PACKAGES: these tours are all-inclusive packages with lodging, amazing daily hikes, expert guides, meals, transportation and more!
- ZION CAMPING TOURS: camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of Zion on wonderful outdoor vacations.
- ZION DAY HIKE TOURS: maximize your day in Zion on a fully guided, award-winning hiking tour on one of the Park’s best trails.
- ALL UTAH HIKING TOURS: check out a full list of Utah offerings, which include Bryce Canyon, the North Rim, Arches, Canyonlands and more.
- UTAH BACKPACKING TRIPS: explore options for discovering Utah on an all-inclusive backpacking trip with expert guides and mind-blowing scenery.