Utah is an amazing place in the United States to see during any season of the year. However, visiting Utah in early autumn (preferably the first week in October) is the perfect time to see the most beautiful colors while enjoying the many parks and roads of this fascinating state!
The first stop: GREAT SALT LAKE
Great Salt Lake is the largest salt-water lake in the western hemisphere. Here, you will experience a different kind of Autumn with vibrant hues of blues, greens, and golds. While exploring this region, keep an eye out for stunning wildlife. Watch for spectacular herds of bison, antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and loads of birds! Antelope Island State Park, located in the southeastern corner of Salt Lake features the best wildlife. You may encounter non-venomous snakes, rabbits, an owl or coyote if you watch closely. The colors will make a lasting impression that might tempt you to take up painting or photography. If nothing else, the scenery will make you want to come back again and again!
Unspoiled nature and the great outdoors is pretty hard to beat!
Next Stop: BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON & GUARDSMAN PASS
We stayed at Hyatt Place Park City, which was in an excellent location, offered a nice breakfast buffet daily, provided a comfortable stay, had laundry facilities, and a wonderful fitness center to boot! We will stay here again.
Over the next four days, we will explore the storybook-colors-of-Autumn and some well known attractions in Utah.
First on the list is Cottonwood Canyon and Guardsman Pass. Along the way, we’ll stop at Pine Creek Nature Trail with the majestic Wasatch Mountains at our backs.
There is an approximate ten-day window of spectacular autumn colors, featuring remarkable reds, golds, oranges, pinks, and violets. I give my husband the credit since he planned the trip and selected the dates.
A NATURE-LOVER’S PARADISE!
NEXT STOP: MIRROR LAKE, BALD MOUTAIN, & EVANSTON, WYOMING
Just when I thought the scenery couldn’t be beat, we entered a WONDERLAND in Mirror Lake State Park. Here TWO seasons can be experienced in the same day! We enjoyed unbelievable Autumn colors followed by postcard-worthy winter snow!
AUTUMN, WINTER, AUTUMN, WINTER, AUTUMN, WINTER, AUTUMN….SO MUCH FUN!!!
Then…….A little over an hour later, we were in a new state: WYOMING!
Evanston is a very livable small town with lovely neighborhood streets, a quaint downtown, and friendly people. There is a strong sense of community here with support for the town’s high school football team and calendar events posted at the local coffee shop. A visit to Evanston is a bit like stepping back in time.
On the road again…..
Taking our time, we made several stops on our way back to Park City with stops in Kamas, Heber, and Huntsville.
Next Stop: PARK CITY & PROVO
Park City is best known for it’s winter skiing and resort-living. There is everything from upscale shopping to a Walmart in town.
The downtown area of Park City offers a variety of dining options in a walkable setting. There are art galleries, antique shops, playhouses, and other night life to enjoy.
PARK CITY, UTAH
A drive south from Park City to Provo offers some rich history of what Utah has become most famous for: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or LDS community. Provo is home to the famed Brigham Young University and Provo City Temple. It’s an interesting place to visit, and we learned a lot while here.
Next Stop: SALT LAKE CITY
Salt Lake City is the world headquarters for the LDS Church Community. Besides being famous for it’s Mormon population, Salt Lake City is known for mining booms, the first Intercontinental Railway, and the 2002 Winter Olympics. It’s a super-clean city that is extremely safe to explore. Helpful Hint: Parking Downtown can be confusing. A great option is to park in the CITY CREEK CENTER mall parking garage and walk to the downtown landmarks from there.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about Autumn in Utah as much as I enjoyed writing about this GORGEOUS state. Happy and Safe travels!