There is something special about a snow dusted landscape; the way it hushes the sounds of the world and evokes a sense a peace in those of us who seek them out. Whether it’s a powder-sugar coated desert, or a dramatic high-alpine cirque covered in white, the snow takes a familiar landscape and turns it on its head.
Our national parks are the perfect example. These places are stunning year-round, which is why so many of them are packed in the summer, when conditions are more convenient. But there is another type of beauty to be experienced at each of them during the winter months.
Exploring these unique landscapes takes skill and practice. Winter is a whole different animal in terms of terrain management, safety, and staying warm. Always be prepared before heading out in winter and pack extra layers, food, and a navigation system.
Once you’re properly prepared to explore our national parks in winter months, take plenty of time to soak it all in. These unique moments of wintry solitude are yours to savor.
These Photos Will Convince You to Visit National Parks in Winter
Scroll through for some wintry travel inspiration, along with links to pertinent information for visiting each featured national park in winter.
1. Yellowstone National Park, WY + MT
Virtually void of tourists and extremely cold, Yellowstone National Park becomes a winter wonderland during the chilly months.Visit This Winter
2. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
When dusted in white, the dramatic red rocks pop across Bryce Canyon’s iconic landscape.Visit This Winter
3. Shenandoah National Park, VA
A cardinal stands out in a sea of white during a snow day in Shenandoah National Park.Visit This Winter
4. Arches National Park, UT
Like a powdered donut, the Grand Arch Stands tall, framing a winter wonderland at Arches National Park.Visit This Winter
5. Grand Teton National Park, WY
Frosted in snow, the Grand Teton National Park is a happening place in winter.Visit This Winter
6. Acadia National Park, ME
Frozen Lakes reflect the perfect sunset in Acadia’s winter landscape.Visit This Winter
7. Crater Lake National Park, OR
Crater Lake’s iconic ridgetop views only get more dramatic in winter.Visit This Winter
8. Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park is a winter enthusiast’s wonderland with backcountry skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, snow climbing and more.Visit This Winter
9. Yosemite National Park, CA
Wintry Landscapes give Half Dome more drama during the colder months at Yosemite.Visit This Winter
10. Glacier National Park, MT
Fierce mountains covered in white give a new sense of scale in Glacier.Visit This Winter
11. Denali National Park, AK
“Denali is NOT closed in winter!” reads their website. If you can handle an Alaskan freeze, Denali offers some fantastic backcountry skiing and riding during the harsh winter months.Visit This Winter
Go ahead and enjoy the snowy season in one of America’s many national parks in winter!