OK, so the weather is getting colder and the nights are longer. But that doesn’t mean outdoor activities are off the table. In fact, some of the things you associate with summer are still happening in winter.
For most people, winter means the end of hiking season. Think again. Zion National Park in Utah is like another world when it snows, and most of its trails are open year-round. Rocky Mountain National Park has a number of open trails where you can see frozen waterfalls and icy ponds.
Just ask ahead of time about what kind of gear you’ll need—like snowshoes or ski poles, and pay close attention to park updates for potential hazards and changing weather conditions.
Ever heard of kayaking in the winter? It’s actually a great time to do it—the waters are less crowded and the scenery…spectacular. That’s happening around Washington’s San Juan Islands, where winter is one of the best times of year to view sea birds and harbor seals.
And then there’s one activity that is popping up in ski resorts all around the country: snow biking. No, I’m not joking.
These are bikes that are equipped with skis instead of wheels…so you can get your biking fix no matter what time of year.
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