It’s that time of year again, the clouds are hanging dark and heavy, and the wind takes another ten degrees from the already cold temperatures. Bleak winter weather can drag even the most enthusiastic outdoor adventurer down into a case of the winter blues. However, if you properly prepare for the bitter temperatures, winter time offers a variety of fun and unique outdoor experiences and opportunities.
One of the most popular ways to get outside in the winter is to hit the slopes. But if skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, there are plenty of other opportunities to get outdoors in the winter. One of my favorite things to do in the spring and summer is to get out and camp with my dogs and husband, and with just a few adjustments, and a little extra gear, it is something that we can still enjoy in the winter. Even without an expensive four season tent, you can take advantage of winter camping opportunities via public service cabins or Yurts, like the one in water Canyon! Another favorite outdoor activity of mine is to hike. Winter hiking can be challenging when there’s a lot of snow, and special considerations for footwear may be necessary for traction. If the trail is particularly icy or snowy, pick up a pair of traction cleats, or give snowshoeing a try (If you’re not ready to commit to buying a pair of snow shoes, you can always rent a pair from NOS)! Another great way to get outside in the winter months is to enjoy a soak in some of the natural hot springs Nevada has to offer. Make sure to bring warm dry clothes to change into after you hop out. Some other great winter time outdoor activities include, sledding, ice skating, or if you prefer OHV’s, snowmobiling!
When getting outdoors this winter, be sure to travel on durable surfaces, like established trails, and packed snow, avoid recreating on sloppy muddy terrain if possible. Make sure you are prepared for the elements, by wearing the appropriate layers and gear. Bring a map and use it, it can be easy to lose the trail in even a few inched of snow. Oh, and have fun! The possibilities are endless, so throw on some extra warm layers, and get outside. Don’t forget the hot cocoa!