United States United States Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries Getaways All United States The 9 Best National Parks to Celebrate New Year's Eve Written by Lauren Himiak Lauren Himiak is a freelance writer and editor, and has visited all 62 national parks in the United States. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Lauren Himiak Updated 10/02/19 Share Pin Email Ryan Pastorino / Getty Images Ringing in the New Year in the middle of nature’s vast beauty is a unique and relaxing experience. If you want to avoid crowded bars, loud parties, and waking up the next morning with a headache, consider these parks for an unforgettable New Year. Whether you want to ring in the year with friends, with a loved one, or in solitude, there’s a park for everyone! 01 of 09 Zion National Park Justin Reznick Photography / Getty Images View Map Address Utah, USA Get directions Phone +1 435-772-3256 Web Visit website It may be one of the most spectacular parks in the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park is conveniently located near Denver and is full of things to do and beautiful things to see. With massive mountains as a backdrop and tundras of rolling wildflowers and Alpine lakes, this park is truly stunning. It is an ideal destination for a couple seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve. Couples can head outdoors for a beautiful hike in the snow or check out nearby outfitters that offer sleigh rides to the public - hot chocolate provided! Check out Mountain Shadows Resort located in Estes Park which offers luxury couples cabins for a romantic and cozy retreat. You can relax in your very own in-room hot tub and enjoy dinner for two in a number of fantastic restaurants. Check the resort website for more information, especially about the romance package, as well as the winter special. Zion is a place of unmatched beauty and tranquility. Luckily, you don’t need to wait until spring to enjoy all that it has to offer. In fact, visiting in the winter offers peace and quiet as many tourists wait to visit until warmer summer weather approaches. Spend the day or weekend exploring the canyon and its many landscapes, then head inside for a special night. Continue to 2 of 9 below. 02 of 09 Big Bend National Park Mark A Paulda / Getty Images View Map Address Big Bend National Park, TX, USA Get directions Phone +1 432-477-2251 Web Visit website Big Bend is known for its complex rock formations, formed when two seas flowed into the area millions of years ago, leaving thick deposits of limestone and shale. Around 75 million years ago, the mountains lifted while a 40-mile wide trough sank along fault lines creating cliffs above the desert floor. As if that weren’t enough, volcanic activity helped create the land, especially the Chisos Mountains. It is as unbelievable to see as it sounds. The park offers a truly unique getaway for couples looking for a little adventure. Whether you want to sneak off into the backcountry for a weekend of backpacking and solitude or get your feet wet in the canyons of the Rio Grande, this park is for you. Check out the New Year’s River Trip—a two-day, one-night celebration with live music, fun-loving people, and a spectacular venue. Bring your sleeping bag and personal gear and you will be provided with guides, river equipment, all meals, champagne, party favors, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees, and shuttle service to and from the river. Who says romance can’t be fun? Continue to 3 of 9 below. 03 of 09 Rocky Mountain National Park Brad McGinley Photography / Getty Images View Map Address Colorado, USA Get directions Phone +1 970-586-1206 Web Visit website It may be one of the most spectacular parks in the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park is conveniently located near Denver and is full of things to do and beautiful things to see. With massive mountains as a backdrop and tundras of rolling wildflowers and Alpine lakes, this park is truly stunning. It is an ideal destination for a couple seeking a romantic New Year’s Eve. Couples can head outdoors for a beautiful hike in the snow or check out nearby outfitters that offer sleigh rides to the public. Check out Mountain Shadows Resort located in Estes Park which offers luxury couples cabins for a romantic and cozy retreat. You can relax in your very own in-room hot tub and enjoy dinner for two in a number of fantastic restaurants. Continue to 4 of 9 below. 04 of 09 Shenandoah National Park titoslack / Getty Images View Map Address Virginia, USA Get directions Phone +1 540-999-3500 Web Visit website While portions of Skyline Drive and other park services like lodging and food services are closed during winter months, the backcountry remains open for a peaceful getaway. Those looking for a quiet retreat should consider Shenandoah National Park as it is less traveled in the month of December. The park has 196,000 acres of backcountry and wilderness and over 500 miles of trails to explore. Carry everything you need to survive on your back, hike up over rocky peaks and down lush stream hollows, and you will find yourself immersed in the wilderness of Shenandoah. Remember, you will need a backcountry permit to camp in the wilderness which can only be obtained in the Visitor Center. If the center will be closed upon your arrival, you may obtain one via mail. Download the permit application and send it to Shenandoah National Park, Backcountry Camping Permit, 3655 U.S. Highway 211, East Luray, VA 22835. Continue to 5 of 9 below. 05 of 09 Capitol Reef National Park Thomas Roche / Getty Images View Map Address Utah, USA Get directions Phone +1 435-425-3791 Web Visit website This red rock paradise is even more stunning covered in sparkling white snow. Winter is cold but it’s brief so don’t expect massive snowstorms. In fact, snowfall is typically light. The park offers excellent opportunities to hike for hours in solitude. For easy hikes or if the ground is too wet or slippery, walk the Grand Wash Trail, Capitol Gorge to the Pioneer Register and the Tanks, or along the Fremont River Trail. If you’re looking for stunning views, don’t miss Cassidy Arch Trail or Rim Overlook. If you don’t want to stay in a nearby hotel, hike into the backcountry for a comfortable night alone in the wilderness. Remember, a backcountry permit is required for so visit the Visitor Center during normal business hours to obtain one. For a fantastic New Year’s Eve of solitude in the backcountry, plan your night in Lower Muley Twist Canyon. If you are looking for an open campground, one of the Fruita campground loops is open during winter. Continue to 6 of 9 below. 06 of 09 Denali National Park Hanwen Chen / Getty Images View Map Address Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK, USA Get directions Phone +1 907-683-9532 Web Visit website An evening alone in perhaps the most beautiful national park in the park service system is reason enough to consider this destination for New Year’s Eve. But the aurora borealis is an even better reason. During winter, the aurora borealis lights up the winter night sky over Mount McKinley—the highest mountain in North America. This is a moving and powerful event to witness, something that will stay with you for a lifetime. Consider a night in the backcountry for a night of silence, solitude, and nature’s most powerful show of lights. Permits are required for overnight trips in Denali National Park and available at the Backcountry Information Center located at the Riley Creek Entrance Area. Continue to 7 of 9 below. 07 of 09 Yosemite National Park Provided by jp2pix.com / Getty Images View Map Address California, USA Get directions Phone +1 209-372-0200 Web Visit website Located in California, Yosemite has become famous for its opportunities for rock climbing, wildflowers, pristine lakes, and vast wilderness. It is one of the best spots for a vacation and has activities for visitors of all ages. The park also offers special New Year’s packages which include two or three nights' lodging at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, dinner for two in the Mountain Room Restaurant followed by a live band, and dancing in the Mountain Room Lounge. Continue to 8 of 9 below. 08 of 09 Acadia National Park Nick Koehler / EyeEm / Getty Images View Map Address Maine, USA Get directions Phone +1 207-288-3338 Web Visit website Acadia is well-known for being a popular park for kids so it should come as no surprise that it offers family fun for New Year’s Eve. Spend a day in the park, then head into town for the night. New Year’s Eve in Bar Harbor offers a night of fun and excitement for the entire family. There are plenty of food and activities for all ages, including fine dining and live entertainment. Everyone, including kids, can enjoy games, hot chocolate, special exhibitions, Christmas crafts sales, and more. Continue to 9 of 9 below. 09 of 09 Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park Digital Vision. / Getty Images View Map Address 47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271, USA Get directions Phone +1 559-565-3341 Web Visit website Why celebrate in one park, when you can celebrate in two? Since Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are managed as one unit, visitors get to take in giant trees and giant canyons all at the same time. It’s a great vacation spot for families and kids will love learning about the history of the giant sequoias. 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