There are currently sixty-two national parks within the United States. While each one is phenomenal, you may not know that a couple in the southwest are best to see during the winter months. Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park are the must-see national parks in the winter when you are vacationing in the southwest.
Zion National Park brings slightly warmer temperatures to those looking to vacation in the southwest. This mountainous area doesn’t see the extreme cold temperatures that other national parks do during the winter months. Despite being warm at this park, you will notice that there is a lot of precipitation. All the snow, and subsequent ice, can close trails for days at a time.
Therefore, it is best to have a couple different backup plans in place if you do decide to visit Zion National Park during the winter months. You won’t regret your choice of destination though, because the views are even more dramatic when snow is settling on the red rocks and the surrounding area.
Bryce Canyon National Park can be found in the state of Utah. It may be cold inside this southwest national park during the winter, but you won’t notice it. Instead, you will notice all the fluffy white snow in stark contrast to the red rocks. Time inside this national park during the winter will have you experiencing one extreme to the next, whether with the weather or the activities you do.
I recommend packing clothing for the cold and making sure it is all waterproof. These items will ensure you can head out on the trails for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and so much more. As we are planning your family vacation in Bryce Canyon National Park itinerary, there is one thing we cannot leave off. That is the full-moon snowshoe hikes. Yes, you will need to plan your visit according to the full moon to squeeze them in. However, it will be worth it for the beauty you see under the stars.
The southwest national park can be busy year-round. The winter months do bring slightly fewer people to Grand Canyon National Park. However, all those people are at the South Rim since the North Rim closes during the winter. The weather at this park can change in seconds, so it is always wise to pack for the cold, warmth, and the elements.
You can easily hike the trails within Grand Canyon National Park. But if you don’t feel like being outside for that long, you can always take a bus tour instead.
These must-see national parks in the southwest must be on your list for a winter family vacation! Only you know which one will be at the top of your list. And if you can’t figure it out, let me know. As a travel advisor, I can help you make a decision that your entire family will love!
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