25 gorgeous winter wonderlands

Behold our online fans' stunning photos of their favorite winter scenes around the West

Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO

Photo by Tanya Chotibut

Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO

"Captured on an early morning walk at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO." - Tanya Chotibut, Shreveport, LA

Avila Beach, CA

Photo by Eric Reyes

Avila Beach, CA

"Late on Christmas evening at Avila Beach, with Venus and crescent moon in conjunction..." - Eric Reyes, San Jose, CA

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Photo by Allison Brooker

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

"The dry, cold winter and absence of snow this year has presented ice skaters with a bounty of high elevation frozen lakes and unprecedented access to them. It is unheard of to be able to get to Tenaya Lake in Yosemite in January, let alone skate on it. The patterns of frozen bubbles in the ice of the lake are fantastical!" - Allison Brooker, Los Angeles, CA

Monument Valley, AZ

Photo by Chikku Baiju

Monument Valley, AZ

"As the sun rose higher, I saw it peeking through this small hole on the tree. Monument Valley is beautiful with snow!" - Chikku Baiju, Chandler, AZ

Kauai, HI

Photo by Brian Wong

Kauai, HI

"Panorama of sailboat visiting the beautiful northern Na' Pali coastline, Kauai, Hawaii. How better to escape the cold winter?" - Brian Wong, San Mateo, CA

San Francisco, CA

Photo by Mark Rosenbaum

San Francisco, CA

"While out West recently I ventured down to Crissy Park to photograph the [Golden Gate] Bridge. It was a very clear day and the results were breathtaking." - Mark Rosenbaum, Chicago, IL

Yosemite National Park, CA

Photo by Lina Vital

Yosemite National Park, CA

"A pack of coyotes greeted us on the side of the road shortly after entering Yosemite National Park." - Lina Vital, Pacific Grove, CA

Telluride, CO

Photo by David Gittleson

Telluride, CO

"Red rock canyon reflections at sunrise on the San Miguel River in Telluride, Colorado." - David Gittleson, San Jose, CA

Denali National Park, AK

Photo by Mike Ohara

Denali National Park, AK

"Alaska Range in the Denali National Park, Alaska." - Mike Ohara, Redondo Beach, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

Photo by Don Hodgdon

Santa Barbara, CA

"Winter Sunset over Santa Barbara, CA." - Don Hodgdon, San Barbara, CA

Mendocino Coast, CA

Photo by Julie Hoshida Joyce

Bowling Ball Beach, Point Arena, CA

"These wondrous 'bowling balls' can only be seen at low tide and are said to be from the Miocene Period, making them 5-7 million years old! A curious natural wonder!" - Julie Hoshida Joyce, Mountain View, CA

Eastom, CO

Photo by Christopher Bradford

Eastom, CO

"The old Eastom Town Hall just outside of Winter Park Resort, Colorado sitting under the Continental Divide." - Christopher Bradford, Winter Park, CO

Pt. Reyes, CA

Photo by Ben Russo

Pt. Reyes, CA

"Taken in early January 2012. On a clear day the cows enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world." - Ben Russo, San Francisco, CA

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Photo by Shelley Butler

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

"Taken at Bryce Canyon, a few days after Thanksgiving. A light snow added to the drama of the hoodoos." - Shelley Butler, Seattle, WA 

Bear Lake, CA

Photo by Samantha Henze

Bear Lake, CA

"Hidden, frozen wonderland of Bear Lake." - Samantha Henze, Menlo Park, CA

Antelope Island in Salt Lake, UT

Photo by Christine Danauy

Antelope Island in Salt Lake, UT

"Sunny, cold day at the 'beach' on Antelope Island in Salt Lake, Utah" - Christine Danauy, Fresno, CA

Colorado River, near Grand Junction, CO

Photo by Wendy Newman

Colorado River, near Grand Junction, CO

"I was driving home from a shopping trip in Grand Junction, and managed to catch the light just right as I passed Fischer Towers on UT 128." - Wendy Newman, Moab, UT

Longmire, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

Photo by Teresa Fairchild

Longmire, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

"Fox on the road on the way to Longmire." - Teresa Fairchild, Portland, OR

Fort Bragg, CA

Photo by Randy Esson

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

"The Mendocno Coast at Fort Bragg, CA gives us a ever changing sea and sky as the sun lowers to the Pacific horizon." - Randy Esson, Fort Bragg, CA

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Photo by Stuart Faber

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

"The calmness on the waters surface was mesmerizing...It was hard to drive away." - Stuart Faber, Taylorsville, KY

Chaco Canyon, NM

Photo by Sepi Majd

Chaco Canyon, NM

"View of pueblos in Chaco Canyon." - Sepi Majd, Santa Fe, NM

Ventura, CA

Photo by Liz Vernand

Ventura, CA

"Another beautiful coastal sunset from the beach in Ventura, CA." - Liz Vernand, Ojai, CA

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Photo by Tom Stathis

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

"The first rays of morning sun illuminate a Grand Canyon dusted with snow, seen from the overview near the El Tovar Lodge on the South Rim." - Tom Stathis, Scottsdale, AZ

Central Coast, CA

Photo by Mishel Urias

Central Coast, CA

"This photo was taken Thanksgiving Weekend while driving up the coast from Cambria to Monterey." - Mishel Urias, Big Bear Lake, CA

Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Photo by Catherine Nohr

Capitol Reef National Park, UT

"This was at a summit of 9600ft looking over Capitol Reef National Park. A sign at the top called it 'An Earthscape Everchanging'...it definitely is. It was breathtaking!" - Catherine Nohr, Hollister, CA

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