Magazine article Sunset

A National Park Reveals Its Winter Secret: Skiing

Magazine article Sunset

A National Park Reveals Its Winter Secret: Skiing

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Most people know Bryce Canyon as a place of red rock spires set against a crisp blue sky. But superimpose on that familiar desert landscape a layer of clean white snow, and you'll have one of the most unusual terrains found anywhere--and, for cross-country skiers, one of Utah's best-kept secrets.

Some 1.3 million tourists visited Bryce Canyon last year, but only 10 percent of them went during the winter. That averages out to about 1,000 visitors--the bulk of them skiers--a day. That's not a lot of traffic when you consider that the 35,000-acre park has 7.5 miles of marked trails--and countless more that are unmarked--around the canyon and the rim.

Many skiers keep to the canyon's rim. More adventurous visitors can descend on snowshoes into the canyon itself on days when the trail isn't too icy and the snow isn't too deep. You can borrow a pair of snowshoes, free of charge, from the park's visitor center. …

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