The Southwest in Winter

Plan your family-friendly winter vacation now with these tips and ideas of places to go! These National Parks have mild winters and a lot of natural beauty.

The best time of year to visit the Valley of Fire State Park is in the winter months when you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking without the high summer temperatures.


Scottsdale, Arizona

You can still enjoy warm weather in Arizona in the winter. Scottsdale, AZ is a great destination! You can find amazing boutique hotels and you can take in art galleries downtown.

The Grand Canyon

Winter is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon. Try booking a horseback riding adventure through the red rocked landscapes or just take in the fantastic viewpoints!

Scenic Views

I highly recommend visiting the East side of the Grand Canyon. From there you can go to the Horseshoe Bend viewpoint for a spectacular view of the Colorado River. 

Travel off the beaten path to New Mexico! In White Sands National Park you can forget the snow & sled on white sand dunes instead. Try unique sand hiking & see pristine views for miles. 

New Mexico

Zion Nation Park

When you visit Zion National Park in winter fun activities include hiking, jeep tours, and sightseeing. You can even book your stay at a nearby mountain resort!

Arches National Park

Winter is a great time to visit Arches because it is in the off-season. You can avoid crowds and the hot summer heat, and you can save money on your hotel stay in Moab, Utah!

If you avoid the holidays you can enter the park without delay in winter! Take in the gorgeous snow-dusted landscapes, and try a scenic drive or a few short hikes.

Bryce Canyon