All seasons are go-seasons! You may hear this a lot from most outdoor enthusiasts referring to enjoying the outdoors no matter the weather. Same goes for any hobbyist – you don’t stop what you love just because the weather has changed, you just make adjustments! Don’t let the cold deter you! After all, the wintry months was how the Crazy Creek Chair come to life! Check out some of our top winter wonderland destinations for your next snowy adventure.
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1) Rocky Mountain Front – Montana
The Rocky Mountain Front is a hiking and backpacking gateway where you can enjoy diverse scenery from the prairie to the towering peaks. With the diversity you have plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep and grizzly bears! (Of course, from a distance). The whole area is now protected since President Barack Obama signed the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act into law in 2014. Enjoy the snow and don’t forget your bear canister for this fun excursion into the wild!
2) Brown County State Park – Indiana
Enjoy 16,000 acres of rugged hills and ridges inside Brown County State Park. Choose to take the rugged road off the beaten path, or stay at their campsites open year-round! State Parks are always a nice option with extra help regarding maps, signs, and parking areas. Some animals found in the park include white-tailed deer and wild turkeys! Looking for more? Try out some ice fishing on their two lakes. You have to try that at least once, right?!
3) Mammoth Gulch Trail – Colorado
A hide-away that can usually be found away from the crowds. This hike is at 8,950 ft. and starts at the unofficial parking lot. The first mile up the road can be notoriously windy and cold, with the chilliest winds funneled down to the exposed sections of road. After the gusts subside the trail will open up and show some stunning views of South Arapahoe Peak and the Southern Indian Peaks. Camping options are scattered within the trees for anyone to stumble upon.
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4) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park holds over two hundred miles of trails with endless hiking and camping options at your fingertips. Some campgrounds are only open until September/October so you will want to check around before planning your stay. If you are looking to backpack around the area don’t forget the required bear canister and reservation required for your stay. National parks always draw more attention, so some extra planning will be required, but don’t shy away from this beautiful landscape! It is absolutely worth a visit.
5) Indian Cave State Park – Nebraska
Indian Cave State Park is set in the Loess (pronounced “less”) hills area of the Missouri River Valley. These loamy mounds were created when the last glaciers retreated, and large quantities of silt were deposited along the edge of the Missouri Valley. There isn’t much more than 200 feet of total elevation change in the park but of course difficulty with the snow will be taken into effect once the season changes. Look out for a possible siting of a bald eagle soaring above.
Always remember to bring the right gear, extra food and water and never go solo unless you have made the proper precautions to make sure you are safe! Enjoy the new season!