My family and I would like to do a road trip of some of the national parks but in the winter... I have searched around and have not found much info other than the individual parks vaguely saying they are open in the winter.
I know I cant plan for snow storms that shut down road but any 1st hand kowledge would be great.
blankets, food, food , food, fire starter, food, sat-phone, ( they work any place on earth) food, warm clothing, food, some means of defense, gun, knife, food, blankets, water and lots of it, ( briter water bottle, it filters dirty water and makes it pure ) hard candy, dried fruit,
life is too short to be taken seriously all the time,,,, go buy a MR.potato head and have some fun.
I live in southern Utah. The south rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Escalante etc are open in winter. Zion & Bryce are gorgeous in winter with the contrast of snow and red rock. Bryce doesn't have trailer hookups so bring warm bags and/or a tent large enough for a small propane heater. Bryce gets cold. Zion is fine cold wise, lower altitude (I'm talking to campers here, not B&Bers). In off season you can find great deals on lodgings. The grand canyon lodge drops rates from its astronomical seasonal rates to around $40 a night.
If you go, and have them I'd recommend snow shoeing Bryce. And don't forget ice fishing at the higher altitudes.
Like Jeeping, winter activities isn't for pussies. <self censor>
You’ll climb aboard one of our open air Jeeps* for the ultimate journey - to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! As you descend down Diamond Creek into the depths of the chasm, watch as massive canyon walls begin to tower over you, and marvel at views of the spectacular landscape and unusual desert plants. You may even catch a glimpse of a wild burro.
this one is march through september, so no winter tours.
There are others too if you search.
The road is on the reservation and they charge a fee. Or least used too. I'm assuming it's still open.
I first found out about it from a guy on another forum who drove to the bottom.