The Channel Islands are an island chain located off the Southern California Coastline. The national park consists of 5 islands spread across 160 miles of ocean, reachable only by boat or seaplane. Their isolation has left them almost totally undeveloped, offering beautiful landscapes, nature and tranquility. One of the least visited parks in the US, if you are wanting to explore sea caves, glimpse at jutting rock cliffs and sea nature you can't anywhere else, plan a visit to Channel Islands National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park is located about 2.5 hours outside Los Angeles and close to Palm Springs. It is made up of both the Mojave and Colorado deserts with over 800,000 acres. It is a land of varying desert landscapes from row after row of Joshua Tree to towering boulders and wildlife.
Hot summer temperatures make the best time to visit over the winter and spring. A park full of great trails, rock climbing/bouldering and star gazing. For the best experience grab a campsite at one of the many campgrounds or head out into the desert for a night under the stars.
The summer months have always been extremely popular times to visit National Parks. With the warm temperatures and no school enjoying nature in this prime season always leads to lots of enjoyment. Often we forget that winter can be just as, if not more memorable a time to visit some of our Nations parks. We have put together a list of some of the best parks to explore in the winter months. From parks where you can play in the snow to one’s where you can still enjoy warm temperatures you will be sure to find one that fits your style.
1. Bryce Canyon National Park- Utah
Bryce Canyon is a fantastic place to visit in the winter and it’s just a 4-hour drive from Las Vegas. With a higher elevation than most of the Grand Staircase there is a lot of winter fun in and around Bryce. Hike through the magnificent hoodoos on a ranger led snowshoeing expedition. Cross country ski through sunset point or on the Red Canyon Bike path. Go sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling or on a winter horseback ride. You can even do some winter astronomy, just make sure you don’t forget your mittens.
Head there during the winter festival over President’s Day weekend for lots of winter fun and festivities for the whole family. Compete in a winter biathlon, photo contest or kids snow boot race. Take a western dance class, participate in a geology talk or just do crafts with the kids.