Best places for winter outdoor activities

From hiking at a lodge in California to gravel biking in Arizona, Outside magazine 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 in a remote location and spend the night but aren’t interested in sleeping on the floor, Outside magazine recommends the Pointe West Inn. The Inn is a rustic backcountry hotel located on a ridge atop Mount Tamalpais in California, less than an hour north of San Francisco. To get to the hostel, you will walk or cycle 3 km from Mount Tamalpais State Park, near the town of Mill Valley, on a path once used by a historic Scenic Railroad, the listing shows.

Ski camping in the Colorado backcountry

Bluebird backcountry is a ski area on private land outside of Steamboat Springs. Instead of crowded ski lift lines and fancy lodges, you’ll benefit from guided backcountry outings, avalanche training courses, heated huts, and a limited number of guests on the mountain each day, indicates the list. Plus, 12 new trails are opening this winter, the magazine says, offering more than 1,200 acres of avalanche-managed terrain.

Spotting sea turtles on the barrier islands in Florida

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

Here you can either pitch a tent or book a cabin from state park camping. Winter temperatures here are ideal for camping, and mosquitoes are less common, the list says.

On the island, you can collect seashells on the 15 km of unspoiled beaches, watch nesting sea turtles, fish for rockfish, snooks and trout, rent bikes and kayaks from the camp store or go hiking. hike on the island which has 10 km of hiking trails.

Skiing and Snowshoeing in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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

The roads will open to snowmobiles and 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 for capturing sightings of bison, elk and wolves, the list 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 Cycling News calls it the “new gravel mecca”.

Temperatures in mid-winter tend to be in the 60s, which is perfect for biking, according to Outside.

While you’re here, you can sign up all winter for the Gravel House Guided Gravel Walks or Vineyard Bike Tours. And if you’re not into gravel, you can hike, trail, or mountain bike part of the 800 miles. Arizona Trail, which crosses the city, indicates the list.

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