Pursuits: Winter Sports In 10 National Parks

Just like public parks in major cities get crowded as soon as temperatures hit high 60s, national parks get busy during the summer. But consider the possibility of enjoying nature when it's a lot less packed and just as beautiful in the winter.

You may even find trading your hiking boots for new skis or snowshoes refreshing. The colder weather and the snow make going to a natural park a completely different experience. The busy trails are now calm (romantic) retreats, and the white fine fluff covering the landscape shows you another side of nature's splendor.[slideshow:82041]

Whatever your reasoning may be, certain places should absolutely not be overlooked just because it's winter and sitting by the fireplace is warm and comfy.

Winter has arrived in our national parks, and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean you have to stay in. From skiing to snowmobiling, some of our country's best winter sports opportunities are offered at these 10 national parks. The list is compiled by the National Park Foundation.

Acadia National Park

Winter camping is available in Maine's Acadia National Park for any daring souls ready to brave sub-freezing temperatures. Camping isn't absolutely necessary for park visitors, though. The park also includes 45 miles of backcountry roads great for snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing, which are usually open on a daily basis.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is famous for more than just its spectacular scenery — it's also home to the oldest downhill ski resort in the state of California, Badger Pass. The park includes miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking trails that are usually open from December to March.

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