When cold strikes Utah, many trade their hiking boots for skis and snowboards.
But last winter Chicago Tribune travel writer href="http://twitter.com/#!/traveljosh" target="_blank">Josh Noel kept his boots on and went to Arches National Park. He href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-25/travel/sc-trav-1025-arches-national-park-20111025_1_red-rock-arches-national-park-devils-garden" target="_blank">wrote about his trip for a recent article and found much to love in Moab's slow season.
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 href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/27/2514926/arches-national-park-an-overlooked.html" target="_blank">a photo gallery of Arches in winter.
— Nate Carlisle
Twitter: href="http://twitter.com/utahhikes" target="_blank">@UtahHikes
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