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Grab Your Winter Walking Cane and Check Out These Destinations

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In the winter, snowy landscapes and falling temperatures mean you need to prepare differently for a visit to a national park than you would in the summer months. The payoff is well worth the extras preparation.

Winter gives a whole different perspective of a national park. The once-crowded trails turn into barren getaways where peaceful winter wonderlands showcase nature’s calm beauty.

If you are suffering cabin fever, break free by considering a trip to one of our many national parks this winter. Just remember to pack well and don't forget your winter walking cane.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Encompassing more than 250,000 acres, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. From alpine tundra to wooded forests, the majestic mountains of the Rockies provide habitat for more than 60 species of animals including moose, black bears, bobcat and bighorn sheep. You will find more than 280 species of birds as well.

Rocky Mountain national park is a hiker’s paradise and offers more than 350 miles of trails that offer wilderness and, in the winter, solitude.

Zion National Park

Hiking in Zion National park in the winter is probably one of the most rewarding things you will ever experience. The wide range of trails varies in difficulty and scenic views. In fact, if you hike with friends, “spectacular” will be uttered by more than one person on more than one occasion.

This extraordinary corner of Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, mesas, deep canyons and lofty peaks. Skip the crowded season and hike this national park in the winter.

Mount Rainier National Park

There is a good reason why nearly two million people visit Mount Rainier National Park every year. The 236,000 plus acres feature stunning landscapes that include waterfalls, amazing mountains and dense forests.

Visit the park in the winter and do more than just hike. When it comes to playing in the snow, Mount Rainier National Park lets you enjoy snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park is six million acres of very wild land bisected by only one ribbon of road. The low-elevation forests eventually give way to alpine tundra and snow-capped mountains. Wild animals both small and large roam unfenced lands, living as they have for thousands of years.

Winter is a powerful season at Denali. The land is covered in snow, rivers and lakes locked in thick ice, many of the animals in hibernation, yet the beauty is unmatched; a sight to be seen for sure. With temperatures dropping as low as -40 degrees, this is a trip for the truly brave.

Yellowstone National Park

A visit to Yellowstone National Park in the winter is amazing and one of the most special places on earth. The Yellowstone experience is magic with spectacular geysers, amazing wildlife, towering mountains and high alpine lakes.

Many people who visit Yellowstone National Park feel a personal connection to this very special place. If you have been here in the summer, rediscover Yellowstone National Park, America's first national park, in the winter.