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!

Bryce Canyon National Park, Ut

Bryce Canyon’s iconic hoodoos take on an otherworldly feel when they’re covered in snow, like something you’d find at Hogwarts, not in the Utah desert. Snapping pics and marveling at these formations is a winter activity in itself. But we’re pretty sure your munchkin explorer will appreciate all the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding the fam can do around the park even more. We love that night owls over the age of six can join parents for a full moon snowshoe hike from Nov. through Mar., and that everyone can join in on the winter astronomy programs they also offer at Bryce Canyon.


photo: kkmarais via Flickr

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