A few women have asked me what to wear when visiting Utah National Parks so I thought I’d share some clothing tips based on what I personally wore and also what I saw other travelers wearing on my recent 10 day road trip with Jucy Campervans.

 


What to Wear in Utah National Parks: Spring


 

Utah Trip Details

 

We spent about a week on a road trip visiting Canyonlands, Arches, and Zion – 3 of Utah’s Big 5 National Parks. We also visited the Dead Horse Point State park which was my favorite!

IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE  that we did not do any multi-day backpacking trips in the national parks. We mostly did the shorter 1-3.5 mile trails available to some of the most important sites in the parks.

We car camped using a Jucy RV and focused on most of the car accessible trails and viewpoints. Read my car camping checklist here.

We traveled mid-spring from April 23-May 2. It rained 1.5 days and the temperature ranged from 65/75F in the day to 35/45F at night and it was incredibly windy which made the weather feel colder than what it was.

 

What Other Travelers Wore

 

Even if you’re not doing a multi-day hike, most people were wearing outdoor branded clothing such as Northface, Patagonia, etc.

Due to the tempermental weather, wearing quality outerwear in layers was important. Waterproof jackets were ideal since it was sunny but very windy and it did rain two days.

A mid layer such as a merino wool thermal, hoodie, or fleece added warmth when necessary during the day and it was a must for me at night.

Personally, I wore a tank top under the above two layers but other traveler’s were wearing tees as well.

Travelers’ bottoms ranged from trekking convertible pants to jeans. I wore my Anatomie travel pants and even layered my cuddleduds thermals on cooler days.

Mostly everyone wore trekking shoes or sandals even to do the short treks we did under 3.5 miles. I wore my trainers and found that they offered sufficient support for the moderate hikes but the more difficult levels required extra support. However, You can even do most of the easier < 1 hour walks in flip flops if you really wanted to.

Most trails available were less than 2 hours round trip so I didn’t find it necessary to get all geared out if you’re just planning to drive from viewpoint to viewpoint.

Due to the wind, however, good outerwear (jackets and layers) were essential for adequate warmth and mainly to block the strong winds.

 

Essential Clothing Tips

 

If you can, bring along items that have high performance fabrics such as merino wool that you can wear for several days without washing especially for base layers. High performance fabric can be found in athletic wear and travel clothing brands.

I packed my merino wool hoodie and long sleeve and these were great to have because they kept me warm and toasty especially on the chilly nights plus, I didn’t have to worry about washing them the entire trip.

 

What to Wear

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Tank | Jacket | Hiking Shoe | Backpack  | Fleece Jacket | Socks | Pants

 


Depending on the time of year, you’ll either want to replace the sleeveless top with a long sleeve or remove the top layers. The outfit shown above depicts items based on my travel in April while the weather was cold but sunny and very windy.

 

 


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