If you’ve been pining for a road trip but avoided traveling this past year the Southwest’s winter season is the perfect time to skip the crowds and spread out across its vast landscape of red rocks, towering hoodoos and desert flora. From the colorful slot canyons of Utah and petroglyphs of Nevada to the giant saguaro’s of Arizona and Native archeological sites of New Mexico, there are endless places to explore. Besides the dozens of National Parks in the region, the Southwest boasts hundreds of state parks, BLM sites, and National Forest trails with incredible views. Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park. Photo: Cate Battles While there are plenty of advantages to traveling this region during the winter, it also comes with a few caveats and requires extra planning; the #1 challenge being snow. Though the majority of the Southwest is considered a desert, wintertime means colder weather and snow in the higher elevations. This means that not everything in the parks will be open; including campgrounds, roads, and trails- so make sure to call or check ahead. It’s important to carefully plan your route and watch the weather—staying flexible depending on the forecast. For folks living the #RVLife it’s vital to have a Plan A, B, and even C. Sometimes, you just have to goat with the flow… The author’s pet goat, Frankie, on a Grand Canyon overlook. Photo: Cate Battles (photo2: Cate’s pet goat, Frankie at a Grand Canyon overlook) Depending on the location, temperature highs hover […]