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We will be driving past Arches National Park this December and would love to stop and...

We will be driving past Arches National Park this December and would love to stop and spend the day. Are there hikes that are practical to do in the winter? Can a normal car with studded tires & chains drive through the park in December?
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     asked this on October 18, 2009 at 02:20 PM
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While temps in this part of the Southwest can dip below zero, it's relatively uncommon for big dumps of snow to blanket the lower elevations. That said, even a small flurry can make some roads impassable and trails treacherous. Best bet, I think, is to check with the park on the day of your visit or a few days beforehand to see what conditions on the ground look like. You should be fine on most of the trails, but don't hit the more precipitous ones if conditions underfoot seem icy. Winter daytime temperatures are generally comfortable, but at night, it often drops below freezing. Plan ahead, but I'd think you'll be fine for a dayhike (bring layers!).
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     answered this on October 28, 2009 at 08:44 AM
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