Writer raves of winter in Arches National Park
Published: December 5, 2011 09:42AM
Updated: December 5, 2011 09:42AM
Visitors to Arches National Park walk the path toward Double O Arch in Arches National Park in Eastern Utah. Photo by Josh Noel/Chicago Tribune

When cold strikes Utah, many trade their hiking boots for skis and snowboards.

But last winter Chicago Tribune travel writer Josh Noel kept his boots on and went to Arches National Park. He wrote about his trip for a recent article and found much to love in Moab's slow season.

From the article:

Topped with unsullied white, southern Utah's red rocks seem even redder. The thrill is in the contrast, especially at sunset, when the rocks turn a warm orange-red and the snow, reflecting the fading sun, becomes softly rosy. Add short, scrubby green grasses and the sky's piercing blue, and Arches National Park sings in winter — albeit to a small audience.

A version of the article also ran on the Miami Herald website with a photo gallery of Arches in winter.

— Nate Carlisle

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