Brilliant photos of snow-covered U.S. national parks

Beat the crowds and see these natural wonders before the snow melts.

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 at @LaneNieset.