Don’t Put Your Camping Equipment Away Too Early!
by Wade Wixom
For many locals, November is the perfect time to get out and explore Southern Utah. Why November? Well, there are several reasons:
- The crowds are finally thinning at the National Parks. This used to happen immediately after Labor Day, but key locations like Zion National Park are finding that the “off-season” gets shorter every year. Zion’s visitation continues to increase dramatically, with more than 4 million visitors expected by the end of the year. Simply put, beating the crowds these days requires creativity.
- Daytime temperatures are pleasant at this time of year. Although the days are shorter and the nights can be quite brisk, it’s perfect weather for hiking, biking or cruising the back roads.
- Hunting season is mostly behind us. That means it’s safe to roam the hills without bright orange clothing, and there’s a good chance that your favorite camping spot will be available.
- Fall is a great time for fishing and viewing wildlife. Deer and elk are on the move to lower elevations, and many birds are migrating south via Utah’s waterways. Fishing improves with cooler temperatures because trout are more active and closer to the surface after the summer heat has subsided. Reports from Otter Creek Reservoir, Panguitch Lake and many other popular trout fisheries have been positive in recent weeks.
- There’s still some color in the hills. Leaves have fallen off the trees in the highest elevations, but colors are still vivid between 5,000 and 8,000 ft.
- Fall has some fantastic special events, such as the Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational and the Butch Cassidy 10K / 5K race, both in the Springdale area during the first two weeks of November. For more information about these events, visit ZionPark.org and Springdaletown.com
Why not enjoy one more weekend getaway before winterizing your camping equipment? Southern Utah is the perfect place for late season camping.