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Best National Parks To Visit In Winter (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/16/11 09:27 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Sure, national parks are beautiful in the summer, but they can also be crowded (Yellowstone, after all, had record-breaking attendance this summer, not to mention a few, um, bison attacks).

But for solitude and snow (lots of it), consider a winter visit to an American or Canadian National Park. The parks are a lot less crowded, but some amenities can be limited so you might need to plan ahead.

Our friends at Fodor's put together a list of their favorite national parks in the U.S. and Canada to visit in winter. Think they missed some? Send us your votes!

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Zion, Utah
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Zion's sandstone cliffs are composed of stunning pink, orange, and crimson rock formations
Seasonal Highlights: Winters are mild at lower desert elevations, and it's a wonderful and solitary time to see Zion's canyons. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are best experienced in the park's higher elevations during the winter, where snow stays on the ground longer. Inquire at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for backcountry conditions. Snowmobiling is only allowed for residential access.
Top Activities: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Zion National Park Travel Guide
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Winter wonderland!

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