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Photography Spotlight: Top 5 Photos of December 2021

The best photos from the past month of blog posts!

brilliant sunset over the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas - the ghost town of LOBO

Sunset over the Chihuahuan Desert: Lobo, TX - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue


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While we're certainly proud of our written content here, (and our videos on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok!), we're equally proud of the INCREDIBLE work our photographers put in to give you amazing views of some of the most beautiful areas of the country. To that effect, here's our latest edition of Photography Spotlight - the best photos from the past month of Pathloom blogs! Click here to check out our greatest hits from March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November!

creepy cave scenes at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Stalactites and Stalagmites galore!

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM - Photo Credit: Abby Voce

(published 12/6/2021)

"As winter approaches and temperatures throughout much of the country begin to drop, many of us are searching for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being impacted by the cold. Three National Parks in particular are epic year-round destinations due to their constant temperature: Mammoth Cave, Wind Cave and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks all include very diverse landscapes on the surface, but their main attraction is underground. These three unique parks all incorporate caves that hold deep geologic and human history from thousands of years ago."


Wide view of Bryce Canyon in the wintertime. Snow is covering the trees and hoodoos, under a brilliant sky full of pinks and purples

Winter in Bryce Canyon, UT - Photo Credit: Chris Blake

(republished 12/9/2021)

"Camping in cold weather is truly something special, it’s pure winter peacefulness. To make sure that you’re ready for your next winter campout, you must count on your fair-weather camping skills, and adapt to the new challenges snowy landscapes and cold temperatures will bring. Winter camping is indeed an entirely different animal than fair-weather camping, but you’re still going to need to apply the skills you’ve gained camping during the summer months."


Triumphant hikers take a much-earned break at the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. This hike will require reservations in 2022

Zion National Park, UT - Photo Credit: Falco Rodriguez

Taken From: National Park News: December 2021 (published 12/13/2021)

"Beginning April 1, 2022, any visitors to Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah who plan to hike the iconic Angels Landing trail will require a permit to do so. Those permits will be allotted via lottery system at, with the first lottery opening on January 3, 2022. Information on how to register for this and future lotteries can be found here."


a low cloud dumps snow on a mountaintop in the background. In the foreground, a scrubland desert lies waiting for the onslaught of weather. The blue skies overhead won't remain so for long

Desert snowstorm rolling in over the mountains: Bishop, CA - Photo Credit: Yuta Shiraki

(republished 12/16/2021)

"Cold-weather camping is an unparalleled experience, provided you do some research, plan carefully, and pack smartly. The correct sleeping bag, pad, tent and clothing, along with some miscellaneous items will have you prepared for an unforgettable late-winter excursion. Keep in mind that this is not a complete checklist of backpacking and camping gear, but rather the essentials you need on top of your fair-weather kit to make a winter camping trip in the backcountry successful."


i see a bad moon rising over Loon Lake in Eldorado National Forest near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas of California

Moonrise over Loon Lake: Eldorado National Forest, CA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue

(published 12/27/21)

"We’d like to share with you some of the Pathloom staff’s favorite sites we camped at in 2021. However, in keeping with our annual tradition, once again we're going to switch it up a bit from the typical list you'd find on other websites, and give you our favorite sites for each time of day. Do you love a good sunrise? Check out our “Morning” picks. Prefer to stay up late and see a night sky filled with stars? We’ve got you covered there too, scroll down to the “Night” section! Whatever makes the particularly perfect campsite for you, we’ve got you covered!"


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