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.
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 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 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.
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.
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?