With sunny highs in the 60s (at lower altitudes) and bright blue skies, a trip to the desert in winter could be just the thing to snap seasonally depressed snowbound northerners out of the end-of-the-season funk. This brief respite from the blistering heat allows ambitious types to rock climb and take long hikes without risking heat exhaustion (though you'll need sunblock--and serious polar fleece at sundown when temperatures plummet). The contrasts in winter are sharper. Photographers and botany geeks can linger as long as they like capturing the desert flora.
Beat The Winter Blues By Heading To The Desert