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Friday, January 04, 2013

Fodors Lists Bryce Canyon As One Of Best Parks To Visit In Winter

Fodors.com has this interesting blog post listings top national parks to visit during winter. Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone are on the list.

Bryce is located on top of a mountain where snowfall is heavy. During winter it offers the chance for snow sports amid spectacular scenery.

Fodors.com offers this introduction:

Winter is, of course, the perfect time to avoid the crowds which means greater access for you to landmarks and wildlife viewing. But which parks are still worth a visit when the temperatures drop? Here are our top five picks...

Interestingly, the blog only discusses 4 parks, not 5. And the included photo of Bryce is not a winter scene - no snow to be seen. But the post is still worth reading.

Here are quotes about Bryce Canyon:

Winter brings free, ranger-led guided snowshoe hikes, some by the light of the full moon. Otherwise you can bring or rent your own snowshoes or cross-country skis; stop by a visitor's center to get the scoop on best places for snowy treks. And if you plan to hike, bring along some traction devices to attach to your boots so you don't slip on icy trails. Another popular winter activity: free evening astronomy programs. The dry, crisp winter air makes for especially good stargazing.

And about Yellowstone:

A snowy winter wonderland awaits in Yellowstone National Park between December and March; the steamy geysers and bubbling hot pots paint an otherworldly scene against stark white snow. Plus, it's sometimes easier to spot wildlife—black bears, red foxes, and grey wolves—in their winter habitat. Note that only the north and northeast entrances to the 3,500-square-mile park are open to car traffic...

The other parks mentioned on the list include:
  • Everglades
  • Death Valley

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