Discover Moab's Scenic Beauty and Seasons
Moonlight Meadow is the place to watch the scenery change as the sun goes down. The view of Canyon Country is spectacularly framed between Haystack Peak and Brumley Ridge. Brew some tea, stay for the sunset and ski in the moonlight!
For those who prefer a little warmer atmosphere, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are open year-round, with the Visitor Centers closed only on Christmas Day. With the crowds of the main season gone, the serenity of the parks unfold as you explore nature and take in the sparkling beauty. Generally mild winters lend to sunny winter-warm days that make hiking especially pleasurable.
Under a blanket of white or even a skiff of snow the views in the parks are magnificent, with the glistening white snow creating a stark contrast against the red rock. Rock formations that go unnoticed during the other seasons, suddenly come to life in the winter snow. Photograph opportunities are spectacular due to the added dimensions brought out by the white of winter, where even a clump of sage brush is transformed into a picture of beauty.
Moonlight hikes in Arches National Park are spectacular in the winter, as the earlier sunsets make even long trails, an early out - early in adventure. A moonlit hike to Delicate Arch after a light snow is especially unique, with moonshine glistening on a blanket of white. Winter hikes require extra caution, as an occasional icy patch can be found on the trails
Occasionally, inversions in the valley convert the vistas from the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands into images of floating water lapping against the red rock buttes. With views of nearly 100 miles in any given direction, the deep sculptured canyons 1500 feet below are transformed into a vast ocean.
Winter is a wonderful adventure in Moab, from the outdoor winter recreation to the spectacular beauty of Mother Nature's wonders.
By Tina L. Lopez
For more information on discovering recreation, attractions, and events in Moab, Utah contact the Moab Area Travel Council at 800-635-6622 or visit their website at www.discovermoab.com.
About The Author
Thank you to this Guest Contributor, Tina L. Lopez, for sharing her adventures on a variety of topics and interest.