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Did you know Amazon has Best Seller Lists?

Amazon is the first place I go to look for travel gear, cameras and more. BUT searching through the millions of products on Amazon can be overwhelming! And don’t even get me started on how long I spend looking for that perfect item by comparing prices and reading reviews.

Then I found Amazon Best Seller pages! They are dynamically changed each hour by Amazon so the lists are always up-to-date.

The Best Seller lists are sorted by category and sub-categories which makes it easy to find the product I’m looking for. It’s so nice to have a SHORT list of best-seller items other people have purchased and reviewed so I can then find the one that’s best for me. 

Guess what!? I’m going to make it even easier for you to find the Amazon Best Sellers for travel and photography! I’ve created a link to a ton of travel and photography Best Seller categories and items on Amazon. Simply find the item you’re looking for below, click the link and shop away!

If you hate waiting for things like I do, be sure you have Amazon Prime so your items arrive in a few short days!

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An American Southwest Road Trip. There’s nothing like it!

For me, road tripping is by far the best way to see and experience everything that America has to offer.

A road trip through the American Southwest takes you past unique deserts, mountains, canyons carved by rivers and spectacular national and state parks.

As a school teacher from Southwest Michigan, I look forward to summer road trips exploring the US with my wonderful daughter! I’m drawn to geological features and the American Southwest has so many to admire!

Here’s the 8-Day Southwest Itinerary that my daughter and I took in July last year.

This road trip guide includes so many things to do and see in the southwest region of the US!

Some of the links on this site are affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, we may earn a small commission – at no extra cost to you!  Read the full Disclosure Policy. AMERICAN SOUTHWEST ROAD TRIP GUIDE DAY 1: Albuquerque to Flagstaff

Stops along the way:

  • Petrified National Park
  • Winslow, Arizona
Albuquerque, NM to Petrified Forest National Park, AZ – 3 hours drive time

We decided to start and end our Southwest Road Trip in Albuquerque, New Mexico since my brother lives there.

Before arriving at Petrified Forest National Park, I had been missing the landscape of the Badlands from last summer’s vacation. The first stop at Petrified Forest reminded me of the landscape of Badlands National Park and brought the biggest smile to my face!

I had also been quite tense flying from Michigan to New Mexico and then driving from Albuquerque to Petrified National Park. Seeing the beautiful landscape of the American Southwest relaxed me immediately.

The layers of different colors making up the landscape of Petrified Forest National Park (and Painted Desert) were just beautiful. The deposited layers are quite diverse with some areas a more orange color and other areas are a more blueish color.

We spent about 3 hours exploring the park, and could’ve stayed longer, but the weather took a wicked turn so we left in an attempt to beat the oncoming monsoon. If I ever go back to Petrified Forest, I would get there earlier, hope for good weather, and hike more trails.

SOUTHWEST US ROAD TRIP TIP: Be aware of the weather during the summer monsoon season in the southwestern region of the US.

Petrified Forest to Winslow, Arizona – 1 hour drive time

One of the best parts of a road trip is stopping at fun and quirky places.

When you drive through Winslow, you must take a photo on the corner. You know, for the song “Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona” by the Eagles.

Winslow to Flagstaff, AZ – 1 hour drive time

Our Southwest US itinerary included a stop at the Meteor Crater Natural Landmark on our way from Winslow to Flagstaff, but the monsoon storm prevented us from going.

ROAD TRIP TIP: Be flexible and prepared to make adjustments due to unexpected weather, construction, etc.

Where to Stay in Flagstaff  |  Things to Do in Flagstaff DAY 2: Flagstaff to Page, AZ

Stops along the way:

  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Grand Canyon Desert View Drive
  • Little Colorado Overlook
Flagstaff, AZ to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ – 2 hour drive time

Since we were still on Michigan time, it was easy to get up early each day. We highly recommend starting out early to avoid the crowds and heat that are inevitable on an American Southwest road trip in the summer.

Our first stop today was the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim is open all year.

The easiest and fastest way to get around and see the Grand Canyon is to take the scenic Kaibab Rim Shuttle Bus. It’s the only way to access the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point.

There is a Hermit Road Shuttle bus that operates most of the year. It stops at 9 canyon overlooks along the scenic 7 mile Hermit Road.

We decided to spend a bit of time in the Village area to explore Mather Point and hike the rim trail for a bit.

Our itinerary for the day had us driving to Page, Arizona so we set out along Desert View Drive headed toward the Watchtower.

Mather Point to Desert View Watchtower – 35 minute drive time (with NO stops!)

Each viewpoint along Desert View Drive offers something just a bit different from all the others.

It’s definitely worth the time to stop at each viewing point on Desert View Drive along the way!

The watchtower is really neat inside. Be sure to climb to the top.

BOOK: Grand Canyon TOURS & TICKETS Desert View Watchtower to Page, AZ – 2 hour drive time

On our way to Page we stopped at the Little Colorado Overlook. It was a nice place to get out of the car to stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery.

SOUTHWEST ROAD TRIP TIP: Dehydration is serious in the summer months. Make a point to drink water at all the stops you make on your Southwest road trip. Keep water in a cooler in the trunk!

Where to Stay in Page, AZ  |  Things to Do in Page, AZ Day 3: Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon Page, AZ to Horseshoe Bend – 10 minute drive time

Nothing says American Southwest like a photo of Horseshoe Bend.

We got up EARLY to hike to Horseshoe Bend, arriving at the trailhead at 7 am to avoid the crowds and heat.

CARRY WATER with you on the hike since there is no shade along the 1.25 mile roundtrip hike that takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

Since we had a scheduled tour at Antelope Canyon the same morning, we didn’t stay long at Horseshoe Bend.

Horseshoe Bend to Antelope Canyon, AZ – 30 minute drive time

Visiting Antelope Canyon was a must on our Southwest Road Trip itinerary. We participated in the regular Dixie Ellis tour of Antelope Canyon (they offer a teacher discount.) Even though we had made an online reservation, we still had to wait in line to check in and then again before our tour time was called.

Once our tour was called we walked over to another waiting area. The tour guides are quite knowledgeable about camera phones and gave advice on how to take the best photos. Our guide also took our photos and made sure no one was in it.

Plan on shuffling through the canyon because it is packed with people!

Be sure to LOOK UP! The canyon is so spectacular, but it’s also amazing to look up and see the height of the canyon.

I think Antelope Canyon is incredible, but be sure to pack your patience and plan on your tour time running much later than expected. It doesn’t matter which tour company you book with because they both enter from the same location.

ROAD TRIP TIP: Always be aware of the TIME ZONE as you travel. The time zone in Page, Arizona is NOT THE SAME as Antelope Canyon only 5 minutes away. 

BOOK: Antelope Canyon TOURS & TICKETS Day 4 – Bryce Canyon National Park Page, AZ to Bryce Canyon National Park, UT- 2.5 hour drive time

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah was everything I thought it would be… and then some! I absolutely love the hoodoos and colors!

We arrived early and hiked the Queen’s Garden – Navajo Loop trail, starting from Sunrise Point. The trails goes past Queen’s Garden and connects with the Navajo Loop. 

Hiking UP the Wall Street switchbacks to the top of the canyon is a workout. We were pretty tired by the time we were done, but it was worth every single step!

Again…BRING LOTS OF WATER and start EARLY. It gets very hot in the summer, there is not much shade, and the end of the trail climbing those switchbacks is a workout! 

Our horseback riding experience through Bryce Canyon was the BEST horseback riding experience ever! Riding into the canyon on horseback was quite intimidating, but once I put all my confidence in that horse, I felt like I could enjoy the ride so much more!

I was surprised how different the canyon looked once we got to the bottom because it was full of trees!

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY: There is so much to see, do and photograph at Bryce Canyon! Next time, I would get to Bryce earlier and plan to spend two days to hike more trails. I would also stay at a hotel closer to Bryce Canyon so I wasn’t driving to and from Page, Arizona.

We left Bryce and went back to our hotel in Page because I wanted to drive through Monument Valley on our way to Moab, Utah.

BOOK: Bryce Canyon TOURS & TICKETS Where to Stay near Bryce Canyon, UT  |  Things to Do near Bryce Canyon, UT EXTEND YOUR TRIP: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, but it gets overlooked because it’s not close to the other parks in the state. Once you visit Capitol Reef, it soon becomes your favorite.

Best Hikes and Activities in Capitol Reef National Park!

Day 5 – Page, AZ to Moab, UT

Stops along the way:

  • Monument Valley
  • Goosenecks State Park
  • Wilson Arch
  • Hole N” The Rock
Page, AZ to Monument Valley, UT – 2 hour drive time

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in a remote area on the Utah/Arizona border. This destination was another must-see on our American Southwest road trip.

I am so glad I rented a Jeep because the drive through Monument Valley was rough! It’s a 14-mile graded dirt road that takes you past scenic spots like The Mittens, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, Totem Pole, and more.

There are also tours where Navajo guides can take you deeper into the Valley that you can’t do on your own.

We enjoyed stopping at all of the scenic spots as we drove along..

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Do you ever wonder why your photos turn out blurry when you have a really good camera?

Do you struggle to get your milky way images sharp or your waterfalls to look silky?

If you want high-quality images, you need a tripod! Period.

When you have a sturdy tripod, your photo quality will dramatically improve.

If you travel or hike like we do, you need a compact tripod that’s sturdy, but also lightweight.

This guide will help you find the best portable and lightweight tripod to suit your travel and photography style and budget.

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we may earn a small commission – at no extra cost to you! Read the full Disclosure Policy. WHAT IS A TRAVEL TRIPOD?

Travel tripods are designed to be compact and lightweight.

Many travel tripods fold up into a compact package that you can fit into a carry-on bag. They are also designed to be lighter than the full-sized tripods.

Tripods designed for portability usually have four or more leg sections that can fold up around the center column, or a center column that drops down between the legs for transport.

Most lightweight travel tripods don’t extend to the same heights as full-sized tripods so you will need to bend over a bit while shooting.

Other than the features of being compact and lightweight, the travel tripod is basically the same as any other tripod.



CARBON FIBER OR ALUMINUM TRIPOD?

Carbon fiber is lighter than aluminum. Does a few ounces of weight difference really matter? If you’re someone who is traveling a lot or carrying around a gearpack, every ounce counts.

Aluminum is less expensive, and a bit more durable, than carbon fiber. You would think due to carbon fiber being lighter, that’s what makes it more expensive. Actually the higher cost is due to production costs.



BEST LIGHTWEIGHT TRIPODS FOR TRAVEL

The most-asked question we receive is “What tripod do you recommend?”

Most of our photography is outdoor landscape and wildlife that requires a STURDY tripod that’s also portable and lightweight.

A tripod is an essential part of our travel photography gear.

We rely on using a travel tripod to create the best images of the landscape and wildlife we see on our outdoor adventures.

We recommend the following list of travel tripods because they are sturdy, lightweight and portable.

  • MeFoto Globetrotter Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Gitzo Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Benro Travel Angel Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Manfrotto 190go Aluminum Tripod
  • Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • 3 Legged Thing Punks Corey Aluminum Tripod
MeFoto Globetrotter Carbon Fiber Tripod

      

The MeFoto Globetrotter Carbon Fiber Tripod is the one we use and always recommend. It’s perfect for our travel and hiking style.

If you want a high quality travel tripod that’s small, compact and very competitively priced, you’ll want to get the Globetrotter.

Lightweight carbon fiber construction makes it the perfect travel tripod. It’s also very sturdy which makes it a good choice for serious and casual photographers.

This portable tripod has the ability to convert to a monopod which is a nice feature.

The bottom line here is the MeFoto Globetrotter Carbon Fiber is a killer deal for the photographer who needs a lightweight and portable travel tripod.

There’s also an aluminum version of the MeFoto Globetrotter that’s less expensive, but weighs more. And there’s the MeFoto Roadtrip Classic Carbon Fiber Roadtrip Travel Tripod that packs up a bit more compact than the Globetrotter, but you sacrifice load capacity (only 17.6 lbs)

  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 64.2″
  • Minimum Height: 16.1″
  • Folded Length: 16.5″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs
CHECK LATEST MEFOTO TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON
Gitzo Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

          

When it comes to quality, performance and dependability, Gitzo tripods are hard to beat.

The Gitzo Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod and center ball head is light enough to carry all day, yet sturdy enough when you need it.

Don’t let the price scare you. Yes, it’s expensive, but if you take a lot of photos, use a tripod often, and really want something to last a long time, it’s worth the investment.

You know what they say about you getting what you pay for. If you are serious about taking your photography to the next level, and you need a lightweight tripod for travel, the Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber is one you should consider.

  • Load Capacity: 22 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 64.4″
  • Minimum Height: 12.6″
  • Folded Length: 16.7″
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
CHECK LATEST GITZO TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON
Benro Travel Angel Series 2 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

            

The Benro Travel Angel Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod is a travel tripod with many full-size features.

With the load capacity, this portable tripod can easily handle a DSLR or mirrorless camera setup.

One of the features that makes this tripod easy for travel is that it folds back on itself. This allows the Benro Travel Angel II to be a truly compact tripod. When it’s folded up you can fit it inside your carry-on or strap it on the outside of your camera backpack.

The Benro travel tripod also has center-column versatility where the column can be removed and attached to a removable leg to form a monopod.

If you are looking for a sturdy, small and light tripod for travel, the Benro Travel Angel Series is one we recommend.

  • Load Capacity: w2 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 69.9″
  • Minimum Height: 18.7″
  • Folded Length: 24.6″
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4 lbs
CHECK LATEST BENRO TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON
Manfrotto 190go Aluminum Tripod

The Manfrotto 190go Aluminum tripod is a versatile tripod for many different types of photographers who need portability.

If you’re looking for a lightweight tripod that offers stability, the Manfrotto 190go is an excellent choice.

Compared to other travel tripods, the only drawback is the lighter load capacity the Manfrotto 190go can handle. If you shoot sports, action, storms or wildlife and use very heavy telephoto lenses, you will need a tripod that can handle a heavier capacity..

The Manfrotto 190go compact tripod has an innovative 90-degree central column which is perfect for macro photography.

Perhaps the best thing about the Manfrotto 190go series is how fast and easy it is to set up and collapse again. When you are out in the field taking photos, it sure is nice to quickly extend the tripod, especially since the other hand is usually holding the camera!

If you prefer carbon fiber, check out the Manfrotto Element Traveller Carbon Fiber Tripod.

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 61.4″
  • Minimum Height: 2.75″
  • Folded Length: 21.6″
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
CHECK LATEST MANFROTTO TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON
Sirui Carbon Fiber Tripod

         

The Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10S Ball Head is good for lightweight cameras, mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras with small lenses attached.

It’s a very lightweight and compact tripod that fits easily in a carry-on bag or camera backpack. We appreciate that it’s light enough to carry around all day, stable enough to hold a DSLR with a small medium lens, and affordable.

The Sirui tripod is also perfect for backpacking. The space and weight savings mean you can pack that extra lens or batteries.

Sirui has created a lightweight and solid travel tripod that’s affordable and doesn’t feel cheap.

Consider the Aluminum Sirui T-005X if you need a more budget-friendly travel tripod.

  • Load Capacity:  13.2 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 58″
  • Minimum Height: 4″
  • Folded Length: 12.2″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2 lbs
CHECK LATEST SIRUI TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON
3 Legged Thing Punks Corey Aluminum Tripod

       

If you’re looking for a very high quality, easy-to-use and easy-to-transport travel tripod, the 3 Legged Thing Punks Corey Aluminum Tripod checks all the boxes.

It’s a small tripod, but you don’t lose out on height as it extends to nearly five feet. This is all you really need from a travel tripod.

The 3 Legged Thing build quality is exceptional. One addition we really like is the implementation of rubber-coated twist locks. This improves grip and protects our hands from a hot or cold aluminum surface. It may not seem like a big deal, but your hands will thank you when you’re out taking photos on a hot or cold day.

Another innovative feature on the 3 Legged Thing Corey tripod is the ability to detach the center leg and use it as a monopod, microphone boom, or selfie stick depending on your needs.

High quality and performance at a terrific price make the 3 Legged Thing Corey the perfect choice for a travel tripod.

  • Load Capacity: 30 lbs
  • Maximum Height: 58″
  • Minimum Height: 4″
  • Folded Length: 13.7″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
CHECK LATEST 3 LEGGED THING TRIPOD PRICES ON AMAZON

We can’t stress this enough: if you want high-quality images, you need a tripod! Period.

When you have a sturdy tripod, your photo quality will dramatically improve.

If you travel and hike often, we recommend you invest in a travel tripod.

Find the best compact tripod that’s sturdy and lightweight that best meets your travel and photography needs.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

You don’t need the best travel camera or the most expensive travel photography gear to become a good photographer.

Photography is a journey and it improves over time through practice, patience, and more practice.

You can read articles and watch tutorials about photography, but until you practice those techniques, you aren’t going to improve!

If you need to invest in a new travel camera or upgrade your travel photography gear, then do it.

But also remember to invest money and TIME into learning new photography skills if you really want to capture stunning travel photos!


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We are going to share our biggest travel secret with you.

Visit US National Parks in the winter.

If you want to avoid the crowds, plan a vacation to a US National Park in the winter.

There are many National Parks that are hard to visit in the summer due to heat, bugs and crowds. You can enjoy the outdoor activities like hiking and biking during the day at many of these National Parks in the winter.

You can also enjoy the National Parks that are covered in snow during the winter. Skiing, snowshoeing, photography and star gazing are wonderful winter activities at many US National Parks.

Be prepared and pack for the weather conditions of the National Park you will visit during the winter.

Each National Park has different things to see and do during the winter months of December, January and February.

We have teamed with other travelers to provide this list of 12 Must-See National Parks to visit in the winter to help you plan your vacation.

  • Arches National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zion National Park

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US NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT IN THE WINTER Arches National Park in the Winter

Winter is our favorite time to visit Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Winter is the off-season at Arches which means fewer people. Many times we seem to have the park to ourselves!

There are 5 reasons to visit Arches National Park in the winter.

No crowds: We don’t have to wait in line to enter the park or drive around trying to find a parking spots. You can find absolute quiet in the park during the winter. There are trails where you won’t see another person for hours.

Photos without the wait: Taking photographs of the formations and arches in the park requires patience for the majority of the year. You wait at each arch while everyone takes their turn to snap a selfie or photograph.

No scorching heat: In the winter you can enjoy a full day in the park without sweating and heat exhaustion. It’s still important to dress in layers, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

Winter photography: Colder air is clearer and creates vibrant, colorful pictures. Sunrise and sunset at Arches National Park is amazing. The soft light creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that cannot be missed.

Stargazing: Due to its remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies, Arches National Park is one of the best places to see the stars in the night sky. The one downfall to visiting Arches in the winter is the Milky Way will not be visible. It’s best viewed from March to October.

Photo and article by Photo Jeepers

Big Bend National Park in the Winter

Big Bend National Park is one the largest national parks in the U.S. At over 800,000 acres, it’s roughly the size of Rhode Island!

Its location in the desert at the edge of Texas along the border with Mexico makes it a remote destination.

During the summer, temperatures here often surpass 100°F/38°C. But the winters are much more mild (highs around 70°F/21°C), making Big Bend a great destination to visit during this time.

There are three distinct areas in the park: river, mountains, and desert. There are many things to see and do at Big Bend in the winter.

In the Rio Grande Village area, you can hike down to the only Wild & Scenic River in the state of Texas. Here you can take a nice soak in the hot springs along the river, admire the Native American petroglyphs, and even cross the border into Mexico via rowboat ferry.

In the heart of the park you’ll find the Chisos, the only mountain range to be completely located within a national park! Many of the most popular hikes and the park lodge are in this area. Since the elevation is higher, it also gets much colder in this area.

You can take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive through miles of gorgeous desert to Castolon. Here you can see the history of the park and region. And a few more miles down the road, you can hike into Santa Elena Canyon!

I recommend you plan your trip to Big Bend in the winter. It’s a beautiful, pristine desert wilderness. Though it is remote, it’s well worth a trip. Just make sure that trip’s during the cooler months!

Photo and article by Katy – Around the World in Katy Days

Bryce Canyon National Park in the Winter

Bryce Canyon National Park’s peak beauty is during the winter. The park sits at a high elevation in Utah so the tall, orange hoodoos are blanketed with snow and the park becomes a winter wonderland.

Another perk of visiting Bryce Canyon in the winter is the small number of visitors. You constantly can’t believe you have this popular national park practically all to yourself.

There are many activities to do at Bryce Canyon in the winter. The most popular activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, stargazing, and winter hiking.

Winter hiking requires hiking boots or snowshoes to be able to deal with the snow packed trails. But, if you have the right shoes, you can spend all day exploring the hoodoos on your own.

A ranger-led snowshoe program is offered which lends you free snowshoes and poles. It is a fun and unique way to explore the snowy national park.

Skiing is another great option to explore, even though it is illegal to ski off of the trails on the rim and into the canyon.

Use this Bryce Canyon winter packing list to be prepared with winter clothing that’s best for outdoor travel.

Due to the park’s remoteness, stargazing at Bryce Canyon is another popular activity all year round. On average you can see about 7,500 stars in the dark night. Occasionally, the park rangers host a winter astronomy program which includes viewing the stars with a telescope.

Bryce Canyon National Park has a unique beauty which is not replicated anywhere else. During the winter the views of Bryce Canyon are stunning with the white snow contrasted against the colorful landscape.

Bryce Canyon is a very popular destination that ordinarily becomes too packed to enjoy. Visiting Bryce in the winter provides the beauty minus the claustrophobic crowds.

Photo and article by Michelle – The Wandering Queen


Canyonlands National Park in the Winter

Canyonlands National Park, near the adventure town of Moab, Utah, is quiet during the winter. There aren’t as many people and you don’t have the scorching temperatures like you do during the summer. But visitor services are reduced at Canyonlands in the winter.

Winter temperatures in Canyonlands are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F (-1 to 10 C), and lows averaging 0 to 20 F (-17 to -6 C). Large snowfalls are uncommon, but even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.

You will need to know what to expect and be more self-reliant when visiting Canyonlands during the winter months of December, January and February.

There are many things to see, do and photograph in Canyonlands Island in the Sky and Canyonlands Needles during the winter. And be sure to take a side trip to visit and photograph the views from Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s a short distance from the Island in the Sky entrance and worth the quick side trip.

Use our Canyonlands winter packing list to be prepared with winter clothing that’s best for outdoor travel.

Photo and article by Photo Jeepers

Death Valley National Park in the Winter

Death Valley National Park is located in California and stands as one of the largest and most diverse National Parks in the United States, and should be high on your list of National Parks to visit.

The desert wonderland at Death Valley comes alive in the winter months, and there is a little bit of everything here for every kind of explorer.

You could spend a weekend in Death Valley seeing all of its major highlights, or stay for weeks and go a bit off the beaten path.

There are many things to do at Death Valley in the winter. Drive along the established park roads and make stops at Death Valley’s popular sites such as the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, or visit the lowest elevation point in the United States at Badwater Basin.

Rent a four-wheel drive vehicle in the valley and explore Death Valley’s off road trails such as “The Racetrack” where rocks are said to mysteriously move across a giant dry lake bed and leave only a path to tell their tale.

For an extra-special view of Death Valley, hike the tallest peak, Telescope Peak, and look out West to view the valley floor and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

From sand dunes to mountain tops, there is so much to do and experience in this park. Death Valley National Park during November, December, January and February are the prime times to visit. The weather is cool, the campgrounds are bustling, and the desert comes to life.

Photo and article by Allison – She Dreams of Alpine

Everglades National Park in the Winter

Everglades National Park is located a little under an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Miami and Naples in Florida. But it provides a nice getaway from the busy cities.

This natural wonderland is a huge wetland filled with tropical birds, alligators, manatees, and hundreds of species of fish.

However, due to its location in the southern part of Florida, the best time to visit Everglades National Park is in the winter. Visiting any other time would result in excessive heat, a high level of humidity and an onslaught of mosquitos.

When we visited Everglades in January, we took a tour of the Miccosukee Indian Village, biked around Shark Valley and rode an airboat through the peaceful wetlands.

Alligators are everywhere in this area, so always keep an eye out!

If you are planning a trip down to Naples or Miami during the winter months, plan to visit Everglades National Park. You will enjoy a unique, natural, and serene getaway.

Photo and article by Margie – DQ Family Travel

Grand Teton National Park in the Winter

Grand Teton National Park is located near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This area has long, cold winters. The first heavy snows fall by November 1 and continue through April; snow and frost are possible during any month.

Taking photos of Grand Teton National Park with the snow-covered mountains and landscape is one of our favorite things. The white snow also helps the wildlife stand out. We’ve seen moose, bison, elk and even wolves!

It’s best if your vehicle is four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or has all-weather tires recommended for winter travel. Some roads in Grand Teton are closed for the winter, and others may be icy or may even close during blizzards. Be aware of wildlife, speed limits and road conditions as you drive through the park during the winter. Carry a winter safety kit in your car.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are two of the best winter activities to explore the Grand Teton National Park. Use our Grand Teton winter packing list to be prepared with winter clothing that’s best for outdoor travel.

Plan a trip to Grand Teton National Park if you enjoy seeing and photographing stunning winter landscapes and participating in outdoor winter activities.

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Rocky Mountain National Park in the Winter

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Arches National Park falls right in the middle of Utah’s five parks as far as visitors go, but it feels busier because it’s on the smaller side.

This was the first national park I ever visited and it’s still one of my favorites in Utah along with Capitol Reef.

The entrance to Arches is about 4 miles outside of Moab, Utah, USA, and Canyonlands Island in the Sky is only 26 miles away.

Arches National Park has amazing trails for the avid hiker, causal visitor and families traveling with kids. Help protect the park by leaving no trace and staying on established trails.

There is plenty for you to see, do and photograph in Arches since there are, after all, over 2,000 arches in the park.

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Trailhead & Parking Area: Park Avenue Trailhead

Distance: 2 mile roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 187 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy

This list of hiking trails at Arches National Park starts at the beginning of the park. The first hike you’ll come to on the scenic road will make you feel like you’re in an old western movie.

The Park Avenue Trail follows the bottom of a canyon below some of the park’s gigantic and well-known monoliths. It’s a memorable experience to hike through these towering natural wonders.

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The Park Avenue hike is a one-way trail if you have two cars or a shuttle vehicle. The trail is a little over one mile taking you from the Park Avenue trailhead to the Courthouse Tower parking lot. This would be where you leave your second vehicle or have someone that doesn’t want to hike pick you up.

If that’s not an option, just head back the way you came through the towering sandstone for a nice 2 mile roundtrip adventure.

The latter part of the path has good views of the famous Arches landmarks of The Organ, Tower of Babel and the Three Gossips.

Photo by Red Around the World La Sal Mountain Viewpoint

The La Sal Mountain Viewpoint isn’t really a hiking trail, but it’s worth the time to walk around the area. You will see magnificent views!

It’s a great place to watch the sunset as you are leaving the park. You can see the colors change over the mountains in the distance with Park Avenue behind you.

Photo by Red Around the World

It’s also a wonderful location to photograph the red glow on the rocks at sunrise.

There is a small flattened section overlooking the scenic drive. The signs lay out the names of the formations in front of you: Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, the Tower of Babel, and you can even see Balanced Rock and The Windows in the distance.

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Balanced Rock Trail

Trailhead & Parking Area: Balanced Rock Trailhead

Distance: 0.3 mile roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 45 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy

Balanced Rock is an easily recognizable landmark of Arches National Park. Many people park in the lot, take a photo, and move on.

It’s definitely worth the time to walk along the Balanced Rock. It’s an easy, short loop hike that takes you close to and around the Balanced Rock.

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Each vantage point along the trail showcases a different side of Balanced Rock.

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And don’t forget to Visit the Park After Dark. You’ll be amazed at the stars in the sky!

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The Windows Section Trail

Trailhead & Parking Area: The Windows Trailhead

Distance: 1 mile roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 187 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy

The Windows Section of Arches National Park is a cool area with a lot to see.

The Windows Trail loop is under 2 miles. It’s is one of the most popular areas in the park, and the parking lot fills up quickly. It’s best to hike the trails here in the morning, late afternoon or evening.

In this area the main attractions are the North and South Windows were you can stand under the large South Window. There is also a primitive loop trail that circles around the back of the Windows Section that gives hikers a different perspective of the area.

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The loop trail also take you to Turret Arch.

Photo by Photo Jeepers Double Arch Trail

Trailhead & Parking Area: Double Arch Trailhead

Distance: 0.5 mile roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 32 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy

On the other side of the Windows parking area is the Double Arch trail. It’s easy and super short.

You can see it from the parking lot, but you’ll definitely want to get up close to this one. It’s exactly what it sounds like, two arches basically next to each other.

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Again, if you want to have this area to yourself to climb around and explore, get there in the morning or evening.

Arches National Park in the winter is the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds.


Garden of Eden Viewpoint

The Garden of Eden is easy to just drive by on the way to the Windows Section. This is called a viewpoint, but it’s also an open trail where people can explore the sandstone features on the desert slickrock.

You can see arches just starting to form all over this area. As you walk around remember to stay off the cryptobiotic soil.

Photo by Red Around the World

Owl Rock is popular with rock climbers. Watching them provides another fun aspect of the often overlooked turnout.

Another reason to visit Arches National Park in the winter is to take photos of the red rock with the white snow!

Delicate Arch

Trailhead & Parking Area: Wolfe Ranch

Distance: 3 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 610 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you don’t hike to Delicate Arch, did you really go to Arches? I’m not so sure.The Delicate Arch trail is the must-do hike in the park and it will always be busy.

This hike is three miles round-trip. It isn’t horribly difficult, but it is super steep, so wear good shoes, drink lots of water, and take your time.

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This one can be hard to get pictures of the arch without people in it, but it is possible, even when it’s totally packed. People will be taking turns getting their picture taken under it. The trick is to wait for the people to switch places and get your pictures then. Be patient and quick. Once they start walking away from it and the next people start heading towards it, get ready. You’ll have your moment.

Also, don’t be afraid to go around and see it from different angles, like right in front of it or next to it.

Photo by Red Around the World

If you don’t want to hike all the way up to the arch, you can head over to the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint. You can see the arch a mile away from a viewpoint about 100 yards from the lower viewpoint parking lot. There’s also a short hike to get you a little closer to it, but you can’t get all the way to the arch from here.

The Upper Viewpoint trail is about .5 miles and has a few stairs to climb. It gives you a slightly less obstructed view from what you see at the Lower Viewpoint.

Fiery Furnace

Trailhead & Parking Area: Fiery Furnace

Distance: Varies depending on route

Elevation Gain: Varies depending on route

Difficulty Level: Advanced (requires ranger or permit)

The Fiery Furnace hiking trail is a great option for people that don’t like trails and that want to get off the beaten Arches path.

I wouldn’t call this a trail, but more of a wandering free-for-all maze. This is one of the only hikes that requires a permit in the park and it can be purchased at the visitor center for $4 per person (or $10 per person for a guided hike).

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The Fiery Furnace area is made up of a bunch of fins, which are huge sandstone things that look kind of like dragon scales, in rows with small canyons between them.

You can basically just wander around this area..

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