Top Spots for Utah's Fall Colors
My Favorite Season Is Back
Ask most Americans what their favorite season is, and many will answer with fall. Yes, I couldn't agree more. After three months of hot summer, I enjoy the chill in the air—I just love switching my shirt out for a chunky sweater and drinking hot cocoa or coffee. However, I'm always most excited to see the leaves start to change. Utah's mountain canyons and parks are glowing with autumn colors consist of red, pink, yellow, red, and orange.
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Chlorophyll is why leaves are green throughout spring and summer. Less is produced when there is less sunlight, triggering a sudden reduction in chlorophyll. As a result, the green color starts to disappear. Then, the yellow, orange, red, and rosy pink become visible.
Fall Is a Magical Season
The colors of the leaves shift slightly with each new day until they finally detach, one by one, and drift slowly to the ground. There is something so special about the weather during this season—the air is utterly calm and smells fresh. I was so lucky to witness the most magical experience in Utah during the fall.
These are my top spots for Utah's fall colors. Every time the season comes, I never miss out on visiting these places.
Top Spots for Utah's Fall Colors
1. Millcreek Canyon
Millcreek Canyon is a beautiful mountain canyon in the Wasatch Mountains and part of Millcreek City on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. In the fall time, this canyon has transformed into an enchanting place. It happens to be my favorite one out of the bunch!
I remember one day when my husband and I stopped the car by the roadside to examine these trees. We went far enough to see the small creek running through the canyon. The water was cold like ice. I loved taking the time to enjoy the tranquility where I could hear the water running through the creek. It was like a fairy tale inside the woods.
2. Big Cottonwood Canyon
Big Cottonwood Canyon is a canyon in the Wasatch Range 12 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The canyon is popular with outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, biking, rock-climbing, camping, and fishing.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to have a breakfast picnic in the area. The air was fresh and cool. I think we picked the best picnic area because we were surrounded by tall yellow trees. It felt like we were in heaven!
By the way, if you are a skiing fan, this is the best place to come in winter because it is home to two world-class ski resorts (Brighton and Solitude).
3. Memory Grove Park
During the fall time, Memory Grove Park is one of the spots that I never fail to visit. The park is located near Salt Lake City's Capitol Hill building. To make it more pleasant, I take a thermos of hot coffee to the park or on a walk. I love walking while sipping warm coffee.
As you can see in the photos above, the ground was blanketed by pile and pile of leaves. I felt like I was walking in a fairytale movie. It was so breathtaking. Before leaving the park, I gathered a bunch of beautiful and colorful leaves and kept them in a book. Once the leaves are ready to use, I'll make them into bookmarks.
4. Liberty Park
After I moved to Utah three years ago, one of the parks I visited was Liberty Park. It is a spacious park in downtown Salt Lake City with multiple paths for walking and running. Every year and every season, I come here with my husband to observe the variations in the weather.
Fall is an absolutely extraordinary time at this park. The trees are old and so beautiful. The dominant colors of orange, yellow, and red are entirely conquered by the trees. I was speechless every time I took photos here. How I wish I could have one of those bright orange trees in my backyard!
5. Sugar House
Last weekend, I went to Sugar House to continue my search for the most spectacular autumn colors in Utah. Sugar House received its name during the days of the early pioneers because the area’s loamy soil was perfect for growing and cultivating sugar beets. Today, the neighborhood is abundant with beautiful trees.
I was awestruck when I saw the trees in the neighborhood—they were so lovely. I wish I could have stayed longer, but the snowy weather made my outing short that day.
6. Fairmont Park
Fairmont Park is a natural space with sports fields, a pool, skate park, and a playground, plus picnic facilities. Located not far from the Sugar House area, this park has become one of my favorites to visit during the fall season.
As you can see from the photos above, a group of ducks was happily swimming on the lake. I was shocked because it was snowing that day and it was cold! I decided to take a short walk in the park to catch some photos of the trees. I love seeing the leaves covered with white snow. It felt like it was already winter that day.
7. Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a cave system on Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains in American Fork Canyon near American Fork, Utah. It includes an impressive cave system known for its colorfully decorated caverns. If you are a nature lover, it is one of the best spots in Utah to visit. I walked on the trails to see the beautiful trees around the area. The view was amazing. Make sure to bring a proper jacket if you plan to venture into the cave.
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