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.