Forget hiking through wildflowers or exploring ocean shores. When it comes to outdoor expeditions, your sidekick prefers sledding, snowshoeing, and wandering desert dunes. This winter, find your land of adventure at a National Park during the Park Service’s 100th year. Flip through our faves to find yours!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Co

Rocky Mountain will push the limits of your carrier backpack in winter. Strap your sidekick in and then hit the trails in your snowshoes. Any trail you can get to is fair game. Or, use your pack while you cross-country ski around the park’s west side. If you’re new to either (or both) take your first steps during a ranger-led program (offered Jan. through Mar.), before fulfilling your mini-me’s need for speed on the Hidden Valley sledding hill.


photo: Rocky Mountain National Park via Facebook

Psst…if you can’t make it to a National Park this winter, no problem. Watching National Parks Adventure on your local museum’s IMAX screen should do the trick. It’s a virtual visit you won’t soon forget!

Do you have a favorite National Park to visit in winter? Tell us about it in a Comment. 

—Allison Sutcliffe