Utah Fall Activities for the Entire Family

Utah Fall Activities

Fall brings us cooler weather, beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin inspired decor and fresh, crisp air. Fall is one of our favorite times of year. In order to soak in as much of the season as possible, we wanted to share some of our favorite fall activities in Utah so you can begin planning your families adventures. The events and activities compiled are updated as of September 2021 but we recommend checking accompanying websites and event pages to confirm specific dates and times. Here's a list of Utah fall activities for the entire family consisting of fall celebrations, pumpkin patches, beautifully colored drives, corn mazes, scenic hikes, and other seasonal events all over Utah.

Sip on Apple Cider or Pick Apples

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Rowley’s Red Barn has freshly harvested apples, hot donuts, fresh pressed apple juice or cider, and homemade ice cream. What more could you want to support your fall feelings!

Allred Orchards in Provo has apple cider, apples, peaches and other fresh produce you can buy. This apple cider is so fresh and delicious. 

Paradise Valley Orchard in Paradise, Utah - 29 Varieties of Apples and an Apple Press

McMullin Orchards in Payson, Utah - Apples, Peaches, and Pears

Crandalls Fruit Farm in Orem, Utah - Apples, Peaches, Pears, Honey, Pumpkins, Corn on the Cob and Tomatoes.

Zollinger Fruit and Tree Farm in Logan, Utah - Apples, Ornamental Trees, Fruit Trees, Shrubs, Perennials.

Visit a Corn Maze or Pumpkin Patch

Photo by: Kuwahara's Thriller Park & Pumpkin Patch
Photo by: Kuwahara's Thriller Park & Pumpkin Patch

There are a variety of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fall festivals in Utah, but we have a couple favorites to mention. Depending on what you are looking for there will be something for everyone in your family whether you want to score the biggest pumpkin, run through a haunted corn maze, take cute fall family photos, or enjoy some slow paced rides and delicious food. For a more in-depth list of local pumpkin patches check out our 2020 Fall Activity Blog.

Mabey Farms Pumpkin Patch - Mabey opens September 26 and stays open until Halloween. This pumpkin patch offers a huge selection of pumpkin and cute backdrops for photos. 

Kuwahara's Thriller Park & Pumpkin Patch - Kuwahara’s pumpkin patch opens September 15, 2021 and the Thriller Park (Adventure Corn Maze, Haunted Thriller Manor, Zombie Paintball, Live performances, light shows and more…) opens September 25th. This pumpkin patch has really cool pumpkin walls to take pictures with. 

Cornbelly’s - Experience DOUBLE the Cornbelly's fun this year with two locations! Along with the Thanksgiving Point location, Cornbelly is opening up their farm in Spanish Fork as a second destination for more fun! Stop by the Spanish Fork farm for the sunflower festival September 3, 4, 6, 10, and 11; then come again for October fall fun!

Photo By: Craig Popa
Photo By: Craig Popa

Offering over 3,000 feet of a luge-like track, Park City’s Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world! Not only do you get to enjoy the slide but included in the experience is a scenic chair lift ride to get to the start of the Alpine Slide. Fall is one of the best times to ride the slide with cooler weather and the beautiful aspen trees that have turned yellow are so fun to see while riding the ski lift. You can purchase your tickets at the Park City Mountain Village base, then ride the ski lift up part of the mountain. The Alpine Slides at Park City costs $25 per adult and $15 per child. Participants 48" and taller must ride individually or 35”-47” to ride as a passenger accompanied by a driver.

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Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a family-friendly affair with activities, food, and, of course, brews. Stop by to grab some German cuisine favorites or a bag of the best kettle corn, ride the Mountain Coaster, cruise down the Alpine Slide, jump on the Bungee Trampolines and Kids’ Inflatables. Oktoberfest takes place at Snowbird and it's open Saturdays and Sundays on August 14 - October 17, 2021 12-6pm. Admission is free, but parking is $10 per car.

Fall drives are a great way to get out and see the fall colors while keeping your social distance but another one of our favorite ways to experience fall is by hitting the trail! Below are a list of some of our favorite places to get out in nature and enjoy all that Fall in Utah has to offer. 

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Logan Canyon is great for a Fall Drive because of its length. The colors start out with red,  orange and purple maples but the further you go you start finding beautiful yellow aspen trees. There are plenty of pull outs along this route to stop and take photos. 

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a great destination for a fall drive full of hikes and adventures. This canyon is more popular for its summer hikes but the leaves here are beautiful in the fall. We recommend checking out Stairs Gulch if you are to stop for a fall hike.

The Alpine Loop connects the Provo Canyon and the American Fork Canyon. The fee is only required if you would like to use the facilities, don’t feel inclined to pay if you are just driving the loop. If you do choose to drive the loop, check out Tibble Fork Reservoir, the leaves here are sure to impress. 

Provo Canyon is full of amazing spots to enjoy the Fall colors. The Sundance area is beautiful during the Fall and it is before the fee area for the Alpine Loop, so you can explore around this area for free. Squaw Peak road is a great drive anytime, but especially in the Fall. You can enjoy the leaves and end up at a great overview of the valley. South Fork Road is one of the best places to see bright colors in the Fall in Provo Canyon. 

The Nebo Loop is a spot that never fails to amaze fall-seeking riders. There are a couple of places to get out and stretch your legs during this drive. Grotto Falls is a fun family hike with beautiful leaves and a fun waterfall at the end.

Hike

Grotto Falls - Great for both beautiful fall drives and hikes, the Nebo Loop is home to Grotto Falls and we equally recommend it as a fall hike. This is a fun, easy, and beautiful hike for the whole family.

Ghost Falls - We couldn't think of a more fitting name for a fall hike than Ghost Falls! Get into the fall and Halloween spirit with this hike full of colorful leaves and potentially a waterfall depending on when you go.  

Cascade Springs - The drive out to Cascade Springs is beautiful, it’s located on the Alpine Loop and will please your eyes for miles. The trail has a waterfall and is fairly simple since it is mostly paved or a boardwalk. There are some inclines but if you take them slow it is child-friendly. 

Willow Heights - The trail up to Willow Heights Lake may be a little more challenging for kids, the first quarter-mile is a somewhat steep incline but the rest levels out. This trail is filled with aspens and they turn golden yellow in the fall. The lake at the top of the trail is also surrounded by aspens.

Bell Canyon Reservoir - Located in Sandy this is more of an urban hike but after walking for 15 minutes the city noise fades away. The colors around this reservoir are beautiful but the water levels drop down during this time of year. 

Temple Quarry - The Temple Quarry trail is great for families with young kids and strollers. This trail is short and well cared for right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The leaves here are fantastic year-round but they are particularly pretty in the fall. 

Scout FallsThe leaves have a tendency to start turning early on this beautiful trail. This is a hike sure to impress with vibrant fall colors, a small waterfall, and mossy nature along the way. 

Stewart FallsStewart Falls is definitely worth the hike during the fall, typically a summer destination to cool off in the waterfall but this trail offers exquisite views of bright colorful leaves starting September. 

Payson Lakes - The trail at Payson Lakes is an easy but beautiful walk. The trail is paved and stroller friendly making it a great family experience. The lake is a great place for a picnic, and the colors are always beautiful in Payson Canyon.

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