Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands, and Arches in the Winter.

San Jose ↔ Moab During the Holidays 🎄❄️

We did a roadtrip to Utah this holiday season and camped at the Wingate Campground in Dead Horse Point state park for a few days. The landscape of eastern Utah is unique and with some snow on the ground, it was more scenic. The drive back however, was not entirely fun because of a blizzard. This are a few photos from the trip.

Map of northern California and southern Oregon.

Map of southwestern United States showing the points of interest visited during this trip.

Photo of the Canyonlands National Park from Green River Overlook at Sunrise. Winter.

A view of the Canyonlands from Green River Overlook at Sunrise. Fall.

Photo of mesas in Canyonlands. Winter.

Mesas in Canyonlands at sunrise. Winter.

Photo of the Colorado River in Canyonlands. Winter.

Colorado River in Canyonlands. Winter.

Photo of ice in the Colorado River. Canyonlands. Winter.

Icy water of the Colorado River. Canyonlands National Park. Winter.

Photo of the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

Delicate Arch. Winter sunset.

Photo showing a detail of the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

Delicate Arch detail. Winter sunset.

Photo of Mesa Arch lit ny the sunlight. Canyonlands.

Sunrise at Mesa Arch. Canyonlands. Social distancing wasn't on most people's mind here. But I was able to dart to a good spot, get this shot, and then retreat to safety.

Photo of Mesa Arch from an alternate perspective showing mountains and mesas in the background.

Mesa Arch sunrise. This is not the postcard shot, but equally beautiful.

The key to survival in this winter camping trip was a good camping kit. I am glad I took a good tent, a 0 F sleeping bag, and an insulated sleeping pad. The temperature at night was around 20 F with breeze. And on the last night, there was a blizzard. Overall, Wingate Campground in dead Horse Point State Park is perfect because it's relatively small and provides solitude but still has all of the amenities. There is a side trail from the campground that connects to the Rim Trail.

Photo of the Red Rock Canyon at sunrise. We camped here on the way to and back from Utah.

Sunrise at the Red Rock Canyon.

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