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Zion National Park in winter

Zion National Park in winter
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Zion National Park is a beautiful destination to visit during the winter months. While it may be colder and there may be snow on the ground, it also means fewer crowds and a unique experience that is different from visiting during the peak season. Here are some things to do in Zion National Park during the winter:

  1. Hiking: Many of the park's trails are still accessible during the winter months, although some may be closed due to snow and ice. The Riverside Walk and Lower Emerald Pools trails are typically open year-round and offer beautiful winter scenery.
  2. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing: With snow on the ground, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the park. The Pa'rus Trail and the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway are both popular spots for winter sports.
  3. Photography: Winter in Zion National Park can offer stunning views of snow-capped peaks and icy waterfalls, making it a great destination for photographers.
  4. Wildlife Watching: During the winter months, many of the park's animals are more active and visible. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, and elk are commonly spotted during this time.
  5. Scenic Drives: The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and Kolob Terrace Road are both scenic drives that offer beautiful winter views of the park.
  6. Ranger-Led Programs: The park offers ranger-led programs and talks during the winter months, including snowshoe walks and wildlife watching.
  7. Stargazing: With fewer crowds and clearer skies, winter in Zion National Park is a great time for stargazing. The park offers several stargazing events and programs.

It's important to note that some areas of the park may be closed during the winter due to snow and ice, so it's important to check the park's website and plan accordingly. Additionally, visitors should dress in warm layers and bring appropriate gear for winter activities.