If you’ve ever wanted to have a national park all to yourself, then take a winter hiking trip.
In Arches and Canyonlands national parks, most of the trails will be yours alone. Even the very popular Delicate Arch Trail — I once shared a spring visit to Delicate Arch with at least 200 fellow hikers — I can have all to myself during a winter hike.
I’m not anti-social, it’s just that the scene and scenery are much more peaceful in the wintertime. And the red rock contrast with the snow is a photographer’s dream.
Most of the trails are easy to hike despite a layer of snow or ice. The one exception might be the Devils Garden Trail past Landscape Arch in Arches National Park. That trail goes over a thin red rock fin and can be tricky on snowpack.
Even if you go only to the designated park overlooks, the wintertime views at these national parks are spectacular.
So put on your winter jacket, tug on your boots and enjoy the solitude before the springtime rush.
View additional photos from Christopher Tomlinson’s hikes in a photo gallery at GJSentinel.com.