National Parks Begin Winter Hours

The winter schedule for the national parks began on December 1 and will be in effect through March 31.
During these months the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Sandstone Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday and both visitor centers will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Although the visitor centers will be closed, all three of the local National Parks will remain open 24 hours a day so visitors can enjoy everything from hiking during the day to star gazing at night.
Julena Campbell, a spokesperson for New River Gorge National River, said there are a few things you need to keep in mind when preparing to enjoy a park during these winter months.
“We definitely see fewer people here in the winter than we do in the summertime. That’s nice but that does mean you have to plan ahead and make sure you bring plenty of supplies and equipment with you because you might not run into someone else to be able to ask for help,” said Campbell.
The National Park Service also holds different winter activities for visitors. The best way to keep up with upcoming events in the National Parks is to follow the Park Service on social media.