Winter Tour of the National Parks
Posted in: Travel on November 28, 2011.
Thanksgiving has passed and winter is almost here. We at the Lodge however, feel there is still plenty of time to get in a National Park road trip. This is our suggested Late Fall/Early Winter Road trip. Check it out.
Zion National Park is at a fairly low elevation and is in the far south, which simply means it’s going to stay warmer longer. In fact some of the leaves haven’t even finished changing color yet. Start in Zion. Take the Zion Canyon Tour, visit the gift shops, hike Angels landing, and spend some time at the main attractions. The crowds are going to be significantly smaller, so now’s the time to see the big-ticket items.
Exit Zion National Park on the west side through the Mount Caramel Tunnel, and head to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Bryce Canyon is much higher in elevation, so expect some snow. The snow however only adds to the contrast of strange twisting hoodoos. While you may, or may not, decide to hike in the snow, you will definitely enjoy the views.
When you’ve had your fill of the Bryce Canyon landscape, we suggest you head the back way to Capitol Reef. This route will take you through the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument. Even in winter this panoramic drive will impress you.
Spend a day or two in Capitol Reef National Park. The weather is generally mild, and the sun is usually out. Take a hike or two near the visitor center.
Capitol Reef is the last stop on our short National Park Winter Road Trip. Talk to us at the Lodge at Red River Ranch about variations or advice.