Castles in the Snow
Photographer: Holly Mills
Perhaps the most overlooked of Utah's five national parks, Capitol Reef National Park nevertheless is a gem. A slice of raw redrock beauty and incredible solitude, the 241,000-acre park lures most visitors during the summer months, but it's definitely worthy of a winter visit.
Holly, a ranger at Capitol Reef, has this to say about a winter visit:
"Winter in Capitol Reef is a time of unrivaled beauty and often you'll have the park to yourself. At time the snow can impede travel into the Catherdral or Waterpocket Districts, but there is plenty is to do in the Historic District right off of Highway 24. Taking a leisurely trip down the Scenic Drive places you into a world of contrast. The pure white snow glistens against the deep red of the sandstone cliffs which are outlined against a sky so blue it doesn't seem real. Often the snow doesn't last long so take the drive in the morning after a fresh snowfall and after the afternoon sun melts you can head off on one of the trails in the Historic District for more photographic opportunities. The trail may be muddy due to the melting snow, but a little mud on the boots is worth it for a chance to experience a Capitol Reef winter."On the Web: www.nps.gov/care