Top National Parks to Visit in the Winter

Southwest Adventure Tours

Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Yosemite National Parks were named the top National Parks to have some fun during the winter! Exploring the National Parks isn’t just for the summer months. Southwest Adventure Tours can help you plan your perfect winter exploration to any of these parks and more!

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Mountain Cabins and Why We Love Them


If you’re anything like me, you spend at least 67% of your time on the Internet looking at the things you want. And what do we all want? Cabins.


The most drool-worthy dwellings must look like they were hand-built, and at the same time feature exorbitant features like granite showers carved to mimic Yosemite Falls, or ginormous pieces of lumber you’d only find in a five star ski lodge. The cabin must be nearly impossible to get to, gets extra points if it’s on a lake, and is especially lovable if it features an A-frame. I’ve done my fair share of ogling photos online, but I also have a bad (read: awesome) habit of using my telephoto to creep on cabins in the wild. Below are my favorite finds.


Lake Chelan, Washington State

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Kenosha Pass. Crested Butte, Colorado


Stehekin, Washington State

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Gothic Road. Crested Butte, Colorado

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 Telluride, Colorado

So why…

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Search For Missing Bay Area Family In Idaho Enters 5th Day

CBS San Francisco

BOISE, Idaho (CBS / AP) — Teams on the ground and in aircraft hunted for a fifth day for a private plane that disappeared Sunday in the mountains of central Idaho, enlisting a radar analysis team to narrow their search as they race against time and frigid temperatures in hopes of finding survivors.

Eight aircraft, and 35 people on foot, snowmobiles and ATVs searched Idaho’s vast backcountry Thursday for the single-engine Beech Bonanza piloted by Dale Smith, a 51-year-old software executive from San Jose.

Smith was traveling with four passengers from eastern Oregon to Butte, Mont., on Sunday when he reported engine trouble. Others on board included Smith’s son, Daniel Smith, and his wife, Sheree, both of Butte, Mont.; and Dale Smith’s daughter, Amber Smith, and her fiance, Jonathon Norton, who are students at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.

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Officials said Thursday that ground…

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The Yellowstone Supervolcano: A Disaster in the Making?

(Mostly) Harmless Science

Dawn comes, and the night gives way to a ghostly grey gloom. The rays of the morning sun just barely break through the thick haze of smoke and ash that fills the air. An endless cloud blots out the sky, spreading from the source outwards, engulfing much of the continental United States. Of the source itself, little remains but a vast plain of back rocky debris. Welcome to Yellowstone Park – 640,000 years ago.

800px-Columnar_basalt_at_Sheepeater_Cliff_in_Yellowstone-closeupThese basalt columns, relics of one of Yellowstone’s past eruptions, are similar in form to Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway  

Located in northwest Wyoming, Yellowstone is one of America’s most iconic national parks. The mountainous landscape is home to bison, bears, and countless other animal and plant species, roaming free amidst a backdrop of steaming geysers and colorful springs. But far below the ground, geology tells a much more sinister story. Beneath Yellowstone lies a hotspot

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