Utah’s na­tional parks are still beau­ti­ful in win­ter

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

Ev­ery time I look at the moun­tains tow­er­ing above our com­mu­nity, I am awed at the win­ter beauty. How­ever, if you have time to get out of town, we are blessed with five na­tional parks in Utah that have their own unique beauty in the win­ter­time. For those of us liv­ing in the south­ern part of Utah County, we are closer to th­ese na­tional park win­ter land­scapes than most of the pop­u­la­tion of Utah. From Span­ish Fork, the driv­ing dis­tance to Cap­i­tal Reef Na­tional Park is 167 miles, Moab’s Arches Na­tional Park and Cany­on­lands Na­tional Park are 183 miles, Bryce Canyon Na­tional Park is 218 miles, and Zion Na­tional Park is 257 miles.

Dur­ing the win­ter months, the na­tional parks are not crowded and congested like they are in the sum­mer sea­son. Win­ter lodg­ing rates are more at­trac­tive than sum­mer rates. But what is re­ally im­por­tant to our win­ter en­joy­ment is the spec­tac­u­lar con­trast the white snow adds to red rock canyons and ledges and ju­niper trees. Add to that the clear blue sky of a win­ter day, and we have a sight that is eye candy to be re­mem­bered. That only hap­pens if we get out and en­joy the win­ter scenery.

Photo by Ed Helmick

The beauty of a nat­u­ral bridge in Bryce Canyon is ac­cen­tu­ated by a layer of bright white snow in the win­ter­time.

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