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10 National Parks That Are Better in Winter

by - February 17, 2014
Big Bend National Park, Texas (Photo: National Park Service)

Bryce Canyon National Park (Photo: National Park Service)

Since Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more weeks of winter, why not give the season one last hurrah. We tracked down countless wintry pleasures worth bundling up for at 10 great national parks. Read on to find out where you can drive on an ice road, see snow beards on bison, venture out on the best ranger-led snowshoe walks, stargaze some of the country's darkest skies, and—in case you're not embracing winter—snorkel in glorious denial.

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Yellowstone National Park

At Yellowstone, the weirdest and most wonderful anomalies happen in winter. Cold air enhances even the smallest steamy thermal feature, and below-freezing temps can turn geyser rain into ice pellets. Frozen hydrothermal mist hangs in the air as ice fog, the sun glimmering through the floating crystals. It coats "ghost" trees, giving them an eerie appearance especially after a dusting of snow. In winter, snowshoe hares turn white, bison get snow beards, and tiny yellow monkey flowers grow near hot springs.

If You Go: Take a wildlife excursion in a historic Bombardier snow coach. Winter is the best time to see the park's reintroduced wolves running through fields and herding pups in the Lamar Valley. Photo tours lead you to the most dramatic Yellowstone sites. There are also guided snowshoeing and snowmobiling excursions. Two new skier shuttles whisk you to tree-lined trails and geyser viewpoints.

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