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Get a new per­spec­tive on an iconic view when you look through a fa­mous sand­stone arch in win­ter.

Spring and fall are con­sid­ered prime time in this desert park, but if soli­tude is what you’re af­ter, win­ter takes the prize. Just chew on the stats: Canyonlands draws fewer than 10,000 vis­i­tors in Jan­uary. In May? More than 100,000. It snows here in win­ter, but not too of­ten, and day­time highs hover around 40°F. And if you catch the morn­ing sun as it seeps through Mesa Arch, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the sand­stone maze of the Is­land in the Sky Dis­trict 1,300 feet below, we’re con­fi­dent it will give you a very, very warm feel­ing. See for your­self on the easy .5-mile loop this month. From Mesa Arch, pick out the spin­dles of the Washer Wo­man for­ma­tion and let it whet your ap­petite for an ex­tended trip in the Goose­berry-Lathrop Zone be­yond Buck Canyon. Win­ter is call­ing. PER­MIT Re­quired for overnight­ing ($30); re­serve on­line. CON­TACT nps.gov/cany

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