Winter has come to Southern Utah. This week we had almost six inches of snowfall at the Lodge. Now that autumn is over, people seldom visit the national parks. This is understandable. However, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch still recommend visiting national or state parks when you get that itch to get outside. And while, true, temperatures can be low, we still think you can have fun. Here are a few tips about what to do in the parks in winter:
If you are an artist (professional or otherwise) winter can be an amazing time to capture the beauty of Southern Utah. Don’t believe us? Do a web search for “Bryce Canyon in the snow.” There are some great shots. And even if you’re don’t consider yourself an artist you can still get out and admire the unparalleled scenery.
State parks that allow fishing during the other seasons usually allow it in the winter as well. Ice-fishing is the perfect way to spend a winter weekend.
If you want to get into the backcountry to explore the winter world, snowshoeing is your ticket. You can carry all your gear, and hike around, just like in the summer. Cross-country skiing is another great way to cover large tracts of land. And in some of the parks you can even snowmobile. The point is this: snow is not an obstacle in the national and state parks.
Of course, some years we don’t even get snow. And even when we do, the sun is usually shinning. Winter here may be a lot different than what you’ve experienced in your part of the country. So, if you pack plenty of warm clothes, and some sunglasses, there is no reason why you can’t have a fun time in the parks this winter.