10 National Parks You Need to Explore in the Winter

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Snow > Crowds

If there's one thing you don't love about the national parks, we can probably guess what it is...the crowds. Well, we have a solution for you: go in the winter! Empty trails and less traffic are just the beginning of the long list of reasons why exploring the parks during the off-season is worth the cold. The scenery is even more beautiful with a fresh blanket of snow and there's no more peaceful time in the parks. So bundle up, bring some hot coffee in your pack, and head to one of these parks this winter. 

1. Rocky Mountain National Park


Photo: Christin Healey


Photo: Christin Healey

 

2. Bryce Canyon National Park


Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje


Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje

 

3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Photo: John Sides


Photo: John Sides

 

4. Yosemite National Park


Photo: Patrick Triratpadoongphol


Photo: Patrick Triratpadoongphol

 

5. Grand Canyon National Park


Photo: Clare Healey


Photo: Clare Healey

 

6. Mount Rainier National Park


Photo: Matt Klemsz


Photo: Matt Klemsz

 

7. Shenandoah National Park


Photo: Christin Healey


Photo: Christin Healey

 

8. Crater Lake National Park


Photo: Dan Loch


Photo: Dan Loch

 

9. Denali National Park


Photo: Jacob W. Frank


Photo: Jacob W. Frank

 

10. Yellowstone National Park


Photo: Crystal Guthrie


Cover photo: Christin Healey

Published: December 8, 2016

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