3 Wild Places to Spend Christmas This Year

Go for solitude with a DIY holiday celebration outdoors (pack out your tinsel), or go luxe and enjoy one of these festive feasts before tackling some of the country’s finest trails.
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Go for solitude with a DIY holiday celebration outdoors (pack out your tinsel), or go luxe and enjoy one of these festive feasts before tackling some of the country’s finest trails.
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You too can go for solitude with a DIY holiday celebration outdoors.

1. Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Utah

Indulge in turkey ($28 per person; zionlodge.com), then pick up the Sand Bench Trail right out the door and see the Court of the Patriarchs (mile 1.3), The Sentinel (mile 2.1), and The Streaked Wall (mile 2.2).

2. Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, Washington

Warm up with a fireside feast ($42; olympicnationalparks.com) after exploring the iced-over lakeshore or the 8 miles of nature trails across the street.

3. Chisos Mountains Lodge, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of traditional Christmas eats ($20 to $30; chisosmountainslodge.com), then see classic South Rim scenery on the Laguna Meadows Trail.