Best places for outdoor activities in winter

From hiking at a lodge in California to riding a gravel bike in Arizona, Outside magazine has compiled a list of some of the best places to take a winter trip.

Here are some of the places recommended by the magazine:

Hike to a scenic California lodge

If you want to backpack somewhere remote and spend the night but aren’t interested in sleeping on the floor, Outside magazine recommends the West Point Inn. The Inn is a rustic, backcountry hotel located on a ridge atop California’s Mount Tamalpais, less than an hour north of San Francisco. To get to the lodge, you will hike or bike 2 miles from Mount Tamalpais State Park, near the town of Mill Valley, on a path once used by a historic scenic railroad, indicates the list.

Colorado Backcountry Ski Camping

Bluebird Backcountry is a ski area located on private land outside of Steamboat Springs. Instead of crowded lift lines and fancy lodges, you’ll enjoy guided backcountry outings, avalanche training courses, heated cabins, and a limited number of guests on the mountain each day. , indicates the list. Additionally, 12 new trails will open this winter, according to the magazine, offering more than 1,200 acres of avalanche-managed terrain.

Spot Sea Turtles on Florida’s Barrier Islands

Cayo Costa State Park is one of Florida’s largest and most stunning undeveloped barrier islands and is only accessible by boat or kayak, according to the magazine.

Here you can pitch a tent or reserve a cabin from the state park campground. Winter temperatures here are ideal for camping, and mosquitoes are less prevalent, the listing says.

On the island, you can collect shells from the 9 miles of unspoilt beaches, watch sea turtles nesting, fish for rockfish, snook and trout, rent bikes and kayaks from the camp store, or go snorkeling. hike on the island which has 6 miles of hiking trails.

Skiing and Snowshoeing in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Although most park roads close in early November, leaving the landscape for elk and bison, as well as cross-country skiers and snowshoers, some roads reopen in mid-December.

The roads will be open to snowmobiles and snow coaches, providing unique access to the famous Old Faithful Geyser and other sites in Yellowstone Park, as well as allowing outfitters to organize winter wildlife tours and photo safaris to capture sightings of bison, elk, and wolves, the listing says. .

Mountain biking in the Arizona desert

For those looking to travel to a warmer region for their winter getaway, Outside recommends heading north of the Mexican border to the small town of Patagonia, Arizona, a place Velo News calls the “new gravel mecca.” .

Midwinter temperatures tend to be in the 60s, which is perfect for biking, says Outside.

While you’re here, you can sign up for Gravel House Guided Gravel Walks or Winery Bike Tours throughout the winter. And if you’re not a gravel lover, you can hike, trail or mountain bike a section of the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which runs through town, the listing says.

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