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Zion National Park, UT

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If you’re con­vinced of snow’s beauty but don’t want to walk on frozen ground, Zion of­fers a chance to ogle frosted re­drock with­out hav­ing any snow—or throngs of park vis­i­tors—un­der­foot. Few vis­tas are more iconic than the Watch­man, vis­i­ble from a short river-bot­tom trail that’s too hot to en­joy in sum­mer. That makes fall the most pop­u­lar sea­son, but let win­ter pay off your pa­tience. Hike 1.8 miles along The Watch­man Trail and take in a Who’s Who of stone celebri­ties (Bee­hives, West Tem­ple) in 60°F mid-win­ter tem­per­a­tures on your way to this over­look of the mas­sif. When snow flecks the pocked, 6,555-foot sand­stone spire, it adds a depth and per­spec­tive that fair weather vis­i­tors will never see.

TRAIL­HEAD The Watch­man Trail (37.201341, -112.986495) PER­MIT None CON­TACT nps.gov/zion

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