Six wild rivers (including the Alatna, pictured here) flow through Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park, where granite peaks soar over 7,000 feet in elevation. Winter turns it and several other U.S. national parks into icy wonderlands, making it the ideal time for dogsledders, skiers, and adventurers to visit nature’s snow-covered playgrounds.
Warm weather signals road-trip season, beckoning hikers and climbers to the canyons and cliffs dotting the country’s national parks. But you don’t have to wait for signs of spring wildflowers to venture through America’s backyard. Skip the crowds and hit the trails before the snow melts, admiring some of the most gorgeous winter scenery at these iconic national parks.
Lane Nieset is a freelance journalist from Miami who currently calls Paris home. Follow her travels on Twitter.
This story originally published on February 22, 2019. It has been updated.