Winter Season

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The days are shorter, but the possibilities for enjoying national parks during the winter season are endless. Vibrant fall colors give way to serene winter wonderlands blanketed in snow. Wildlife may be on the move heading south or to lower elevations or hunkered in until spring. Many cultures, communities, and families have winter traditions and celebrations, some passed through generations, now shared with each other in parks.

Whether you embrace the cold or fly to south to warmer climates as a “snowbird,” find your winter experience. Enjoy stunning scenery, outdoor winter fun, and cultural festivities at national parks. Or stay connected with parks virtually through the season, including on social media using #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

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Focus on Safety

Don’t let winter hazards take you by surprise. Colder temperatures, severe weather and conditions, and changes in wildlife behavior present challenges to be aware of when visiting national parks. Be prepared for your trip and stay alert to have a fun, safe winter adventure.

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Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement

Visiting a park? Model best practices to protect America's treasures while looking out for each other's health and safety.

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Trip Planning

Make your winter adventure a fun, safe one by planning ahead. Find tips and a checklist to get started.

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Winter Weather

Winter weather can change rapidly during your outing. Consider basic safety tips to avoid being caught unprepared in the cold.

Staying Home Warm By the Fire

If you're not venturing out this winter, stay connected with national parks across the country throughout the season. Many parks have virtual experiences to enjoy from the warmth of your own home. Follow the latest news and activities with national parks on social media using #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

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Find Your Virtual Park

Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources and virtual experiences.

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Games and Challenges

Test your knowledge or learn something new about national parks with games and challenges for all ages.

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School in Session

As the school year continues, find lesson plans, educational activities, distance learning opportunities, and more.

Seasonal Celebrations and Pastimes

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Winter Festivities

Find winter festivities happening at parks across the country and join in the many historical and cultural traditions of the season.

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Winter Sports

Bundle up and head outdoors to play in a winter wonderland of snow! Choose your favorite snow activity and where to go.

Winter Trip Ideas

Need inspiration for specific trip ideas and things to do? Parks have suggestions for self-guided activities to enjoy the winter season.

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    Calendar of Events

    Find a park near you or explore in-park and virtual events hosted by parks across the country. Set the calendar to winter months to see what events are being hosted in national parks or online to join in the festivities.

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    News

    Find news announcements about winter conditions, weather, programs, and more. Remember to also check individual park websites and social media channels for more winter news announcements and alerts.

    Education Resources

    Last updated: December 2, 2020