Snapshots of Where To Winter in the National Park System, Cold Weather Edition

Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.
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Rocky Mountain-Winter Programs.pdf154.39 KB
OLYM-XC Snowshoe trails.pdf178.32 KB
MORA-Winter Trails.pdf97.43 KB
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MORA-Winter Recreation.pdf947.76 KB
YOSE-Glacier Pt Trails.pdf937.39 KB
YOSE-Mariposa in Winter.pdf220.95 KB

National Park Quiz 88: Potpourri V

We haven't had a grab bag quiz for quite a while, so let's go with a potpourri and see what shakes out.

Reader Participation Day: Do You Love Fall Colors, or Spring Blooms?

During my recent hike in Shenandoah National Park along the Appalachian Trail, I came upon a tight crook in the trail that carried Ivy Creek downhill amid a flurry of gold, red, orange and yellow leaves of fall. There can be no more spectacular setting that the hardwood forests of the East. Unless it's set ablaze by the pastel daubs of spring wildflowers in places such as Glacier, Saquaro or Canyonlands national parks.

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The liverwort is a small, primitive, flowerless plant that you might easily mistake for moss or lichens.
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America Long after his death we continue to celebrate the brilliance of Ansel Adams, who arguably defined landscape photography, often while working in national parks to capture the magnificence of nature.

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The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.

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If the weather cooperates, the Beech Mountain fire tower in Acadia National Park will be open on Saturday for visitors interested in getting a canopy-level view of the park's fall foliage.

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Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors Delight Motorists on National Park Roads -- Part I, Eastern States

Many national park scenic drives offer fall colors as a seasonal bonus. Here are some picks and tips for following the crowd or taking the road less traveled in the eastern states.