Capitol Reef is one of my favorite Utah National Parks. The Fruita campground
is a little gem in the desert. It is open all year and is first come first serve. There is also a year round campground in Bryce Canyon (a must see). As others have mentioned, there can be snow as early as October in Bryce. The two parks are connected by the very scenic Highway 12
, a spectacular drive not for the faint of heart, but very do-able towing. If you do take Highway 12, make a stop in Boulder, Utah for lunch or dinner at the Hell's Backbone Grill
. I promise you will not forget the meal.
Zion is always beautiful and can stay busy up through Thanksgiving. I would recommend reservations in Zion if you want to stay in the Park. Watchman campground is the only one open that time of year and can fill up, especially on weekends.
Moab is also great to visit with easy access to Canyonlands and Arches. If you get to Moab, you might try out Dead Horse Point State Park
. It is about 30 minutes northwest of Moab and has spectacular views of Canyonlands.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Utah's National Parks. The weather is usually great, and the summer crowds are gone. It's my favorite time of year in Utah.
Be safe and have a great trip.
Salt Lake City