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National Parks
Zion National Park in Winter
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Zion NP Winter Road Trip Photos
There are a several advantages to camping at popular spots in the winter: reduced crowds, lack of pesky bugs, the chance of witnessing a snowstorm, and because of the shorter days, sunrises happen later and sunsets happen earlier.

The park is opened for sightseeing and hiking just like in the summer. The visitors center is open, but the hours are shorter than in the summer (something like 8-5, but it varies, so check.) Just outside the park, in Springdale, is a commercial campground where one can get firewood, supplies and even a shower.

The campground is open year round for those hardy souls who want to rough it. Campers will be treated to visits from wildlife who are very accustomed to human neighbors. Be careful, though. It is not good to feed them and get them used to depending on humans for food. (These guys boldly came right into camp and tried to help themselves to our vittles. We did not oblige them.)

There's nothing like a good campfire-cooked meal. We cooked a turkey with vegetables in a dutch oven. Deluxe!

The nights can be pretty cold (well below freezing), but the days can warm up to a pleasant temperature for hiking. Some of my favorite hikes are the Canyon Overlook Trail, the Emerald Pools Trail, Angel's Landing and the hike to the Gateway to the Narrows. Read about the various day-hikes and pick one for your level of skill and energy.

Call 435-772-3256 for access to 24-hour recorded information, or check their website for updated fees and times, and for general information.

More pictures from this trip.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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