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The National Parks In Winter

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Winter brings a frosty, and icy, new robe to many national parks. The biting cold against the snowy settings can be magical, as these photos show.

Glacier National Park is one of the least visited parks in winter, but if you can make it to the shores of Lake McDonald, you’ll want to come back winter after winter after winter / Rebecca Latson

Sand dunes, snow, and crags rising overhead combine for a mesmerizing view at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado / NPS, Patrick Myers

Though white is the predominant winter color in many parks, at Rocky Mountain National Park the early morning and early evening hours can cast a range of color across the mountains / NPS, Jacob W. Frank

When a blanket of white drifts across the floor of Arches National Park, the geology becomes even more overwhelming than it is in summer / Rebecca Latson.

Queens Garden at Bryce Canyon National Park shows off its brilliant contrast with snow come winter/Kurt Repanshek

Winter's "cold smoke" floats above the ocean at Acadia National Park/NPS

Though it may be raining far below in the Hoh Rain Forest, atop Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park winter piles up around the visitor center/NPS

Climbers attempt the mountains in North Cascades National Park year-round/NPS, Cori Oakes

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