Don’t Like the Cold? Escape Winter Hiking in These National Parks
Winter hiking is really fun for some outdoor enthusiasts. But for others, there’s nothing they can’t stand more. Like migratory birds, some hikers opt for escaping the winter trails in order to hike somewhere warmer. If you’re one of those people that simply can’t bear hiking in winter conditions, then it might be time for you to go down south. Here are some national parks you can hit up to escape winter hiking at all costs.
Death Valley National Park, California
Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the country, and therefore shouldn’t be hiked in the summertime. (Or anytime when the temperature is too high.) If you want to escape winter hiking for this incredible desert landscape, this season is the time to do it. You’ll still need to drink a lot of water and take safety precautions. But, at about 70 degrees, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about, other than how much of the park you can cover before winter’s over!
Everglades National Park, Florida
The Everglades is an absolutely beautiful spot to hike. Unfortunately, during the summertime, it’s just too hot and the mosquitoes are rampant. Fortunately, if you go during the winter when its dry, you’ll have a much easier time. The temperature ranges from the 50s to the 70s, which of course attracts all the other hikers that want to escape winter hiking, too. Some areas of the Everglades will still be humid this time of year. But, those looking to get away from the ice and snow probably won’t mind that too much.
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
It’s rather unusual to see snow here at Dead Horse Point State Park in the wintertime. Actually, it’s rare to see snow here, ever, though occasionally it will come. And, when it does, the entire landscape is amazing. If you’re looking to escape winter hiking this season, then Dead Horse Point State Park is perfect this time of year. Close to Moab, the views of the Colorado River and the red rock formations below are absolutely breathtaking.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
If you don’t mind the winter weather but prefer it not to be too harsh, then head to Canyonlands National Park. Here, the winters are mild but still make for a nice setting to hike in. One of the best parts of coming here in the winter is that the park is empty enough for you to take your time here. You might see a bit of snowfall here within the canyons, but it won’t be anything you can’t handle.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Seeing a trend here with deserts? If you want to get away from the cold winter hiking trails, then head over to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Though the winters are nothing like they are up north, remember that it’s always colder at night in the desert; even in Texas. Temperatures can drop below freezing, so make sure to layer up, and perhaps opt for day hikes only. Any time of the year, the park has a lot to offer hikers, with challenging hikes and amazing scenery. Dip into some hot springs, hang out by the Rio Grande, admire the cacti, or catch a glimpse of some javelinas. Where else can you do that in the winter?
The winter is definitely a great time to be outdoors, but some people aren’t as passionate about the cold weather as others. If you still want to get outside this season but prefer warmer temperatures, then head to one of these national parks to escape winter hiking!