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5 National Parks in the Winter

 

Has winter arrived yet in your area? Have the winter blues?  Pack up the family and take a trip to your local national park.  Even though it’s winter there are still great sights to see and plenty of winter activities to do. With fallen leaves or a snow covered ground a different perspective is to be had in the national parks during winter.

Here is a list of 5 national parks that are great to visit in the winter.

Death Valley National Park

Due to it’s extreme temperatures in the summer the winter is a perfect time to visit Death Valley National Park. Winter temps are mild allowing you to stay outside and enjoy the park.  Ranger-guided programs on a variety of subjects are presented from mid-October through mid-April.  Winter is an excellent time to do some hiking, camping or backpacking.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a great park for winter activities for the whole family.   Tow along your snowmobiles,  load up your cross- country skis, pack your snowshoes or bring along your fishing poles for some ice fishing.  You can also find dog sledding and winter camping available in Acadia.  Some roads and facilities are closed during the winter so check the website for additional information.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a winter wonderland and provides some great winter activities for everyone. Bring your tykes to the outdoor ice rink, suit them up for a day of down hill or cross-country skiing, send them down a hill on a snow tube or slap some snowshoes on for a trek across the powder.  Whatever winter activities you enjoy you are sure to find them in Yosemite.

Everglades National Park

Winter is the ideal time to visit Everglades National Park since summer brings a multitude of mosquitoes and winter temperatures are comfortable in the 80′s.  The Everglades is a great park to view 14 different types of endangered species along with numerous other wildlife. The park can be viewed by car, tram, canoe, bike or guided motorboat.  There is plenty of hiking trails and if you feel so inclined you can wade deep into the swamp.

Rocky Mountain National Park

If you want to introduce your tykes to winter camping this is the park to do it.  Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the few parks that allows winter camping but keep in mind water is not available during the winter.  If you’re not up for a winter camping adventure there are always daily activities to enjoy with your tykes such as ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Have you visited a national park this winter? What park and what activities did you do?

 

Comments

  1. I second RMNP – it is fantastically beautiful and very quiet in the winter. Trails that are jammed packed in the summer are peaceful and empty in the winter. Plus, even if the snow is missing on the Front Range, there’s *usually* plenty for fun up in the park. We did a trip to RoMo to check out the sledding a few weeks ago – check it out! http://colocalders.com/?p=2164

  2. I love Yosemite in the winter. So beautiful, and so darn peaceful compared to summer.

  3. Awesome list :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Great list! and good ideas.

  5. I have to add Yellowstone to that list! A lot of it is closed, of course, but the parts that are open are beautiful! (especially for XC skiing!) And I LOVE avoiding the tourist crowds!!!

  6. Andy Palmer says:

    Has to be Bryce. Hoodoo’s in the snow! Oh wait, maybe it’s Zion, hmm….cars allowed to drive around the park, hardly anyone there, snow on the ground and the sunrise or sunset colors are amazing!

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