Although most people visit the desert in the warmer months, if you’re looking for a different and peaceful experience, consider visiting in the winter. Cooler temperatures allow you to hike for longer more comfortably, and you may even get to see snow on the vast expanses of red rock. The contrast between red and white is truly beautiful, and something you will never forget. With cooler temperatures come slick ice and snow. If you’re out enjoying any of these hikes, take extra caution on icy and muddy surfaces. We highly recommend the use of shoe traction devices, well soled hiking boots, and trekking poles for extra stability. Moab gear Trader has an excellent selection as well as the hats, gloves, warm clothing, and everything else you need to get started on your winter adventure.
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Here we have a list of five hikes that are great in all seasons, but are absolutely spectacular in the winter.
Arches National Park • 3 miles round trip •
Approximately 2.5 hours • Strenuous
Follow the well marked path from the parking lot east past the old Wolfe ranch cabin and the Ute indian petroglyph panel. The trail crosses a small footbridge and continues from there. The first half mile is very well marked, after this you will have to rely on the rock cairns for directions. The trail loses and gains elevation several times over the slickrock. Eventually the trail continues to climb upward until it starts winding through rock ledges and sand. Follow the cairns and step up several ledges, on the right you will see a large window arch. Continue hiking past this arch on the sidewalk like ledge. This part of the trail is generally icy in the winter, use extreme caution and don’t forget your traction devices! Once you come around this bend you will be greeted with the beautiful view of delicate arch, the desert surrounding it, and the snow capped la Sal mountains. Continue back to the parking lot the way you came.
S.R. 128 • 2.2 miles one way •
Approximately 2.5 hours • Strenuous
From the parking lot, the trail goes down a small set of steps, and then continues along to a slickrock ridge. Follow the cairns on the ridge to where the trail continues down into the ravine where it narrows. From the bottom of the ravine the trail quickly gains elevation and then begins to wind directly beneath the Fisher Towers. After following around the base of the largest tower, The Titan, the trail continues upward and ends on a ridge with a panoramic view of the Fisher Valley, the Colorado river, and the desert towers of Castle Valley.
White Rim Overlook
Island In the Sky, Canyonlands National Park
1.5 miles round trip • Approximately 45 minutes • Easy
This easy trail follows a well graded path to an impressive east facing overlook, with cliffs surrounding you on three sides. From here you have a view of the colorado river, monument basin, and the La Sal mountains. A popular trail in the island Of the sky district of Canyonlands National Park, parking is very limited so plan to arrive early.
The Windows Trail
Arches National Park • 1 mile round trip •
Approximately 45 minutes • Easy/moderate
A gentle climb up a gravel trail leads to the massive North and South windows, and Turret Arch, which has a gorgeous view of the snow capped La Sal mountains. Return to the parking lot the same way you came, or take the slightly longer trail around the Windows by starting at South Window viewpoint.
Ken’s Lake area • 1 mile round trip •
Approximately 45 minutes • Easy
Accessed from Ken’s Lake, south of Moab, this is a short out and back trail. This trail follows a well marked dirt road and path that leads to a beautiful waterfall. Faux Falls is water that has been diverted from the La Sal mountains through a large tunnel, creating a large cascading waterfall. During colder periods, ice may form around the falls due to the spray of water, use caution on any slippery surfaces near the water.