Winter Festival, fee-free day coincide at Bryce Canyon, Ruby’s Inn

For 32 years and counting, Bryce Canyon National Park has held the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. Over the President’s Day Weekend, February 18th to the 20th, hundreds of guests are expected to flock to the Ruby’s Inn for this exciting event. During the Winter Festival, there are many activities for visitors, whether they enjoy the snow or prefer to keep warm.

snow shoeing in bryce canyonThis year, the Winter Festival coincides with a “fee free” day that Bryce Canyon National Park is holding. About ten days a year, Bryce Canyon and other National Parks offer free admission. During the festival, lucky guests will have the opportunity to receive free admission and enjoy the Winter Festival activities.

The winter in Bryce Canyon is usually a less popular time for guests to travel. That is a shame, because the dusting of snow and shimmering of the ice turns the park into a magical, winter wonderland. Even if you are not interested in cold outdoor activities, you will find something to enjoy during the festival. Some of the categories are adventurous, creative, educational, and kid’s activities. This means that there is something for everyone to enjoy. They have made sure to think of everyone for this exciting Winter Festival.

 

Adventure Activities

For the adventure junkie in everyone, this event is hosting a series of different physical activities for everyone. You can polish your slope skills with a ski clinic. Both kids and adults can join in on the ski clinics available. There are also archery clinics, perfect for those who have always wanted to try their hand at archery.

Some more physically demanding activities are available as well. There are snowshoe tours, which will take you through the beautiful countryside of Bryce Canyon. You can also register for one of the organized races during the festival.

If you would like an adventurous activity indoors, they have that, too. Yoga classes are perfect for finding your center, inner peace, and maintaining mindfulness. If yoga is not your forte, burn off stress with an exciting dancing class. The adventure activities at the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival are very diverse.

 

Creative Activities

Just because Bryce Canyon is an adventurer’s destination doesn’t mean that creative types won’t have fun as well. Ruby’s Inn is offering a variety of creative classes for everyone. They will have guided watercolor painting and pottery classes. Stun your friends and family with your newly learned art skills.

You can also partake in a photography class. In the age of cell phone cameras, sometimes it is good to get back to the basics. Learn how to take the perfect photo every time. There is no better place to practice taking pictures than beautiful Bryce Canyon.

You can make your own journal in the leather journal making class. This craft, which you can take with you, is perfect for writing about the adventures you have at Bryce Canyon. The creative mind will be fully satisfied at the Winter Festival.

 

Educational Activities

If you would like to learn something during your visit, Ruby’s Inn has a variety of activities for you. There is a large assortment of different presentations that will be held throughout the festival. These presentations cover everything from climbing to wildlife, so be sure to check them out so you do not miss interesting information.

If you would like to do some basic skill building and learn important skills for everyday life, you can take one of the available parenting, relationship, or nutrition classes available. You will leave Bryce Canyon better prepared for everything that life may throw at you.

 

Kid’s Activities

Ruby’s Inn didn’t forget about the kids in attendance! They have many activities tailored specifically toward your younger travel companions.

There are a variety of craft workshops that allow children to make something special and take it home with them. This will help to create a memento that will ensure they never forget their special trip to Bryce Canyon Winter Festival.

For kids that need to burn off some energy, they can enter snow boot races and take dancing classes as well. Whether they are feeling competitive or just want to have some fun, the kid’s activities in Bryce Canyon will keep them occupied for hours.

 

Hot air balloons

For the first time, ever, Ruby’s Inn will have a very special hot air balloon show. On February 19th, from 7 pm to 8 pm, five hot air balloons will soar into the sky. The balloons are 75-feet-tall and float effortlessly through the night sky. They will glow above and leave you in awe at their beauty. After the show, you can hang around to listen as the pilots talk about their balloons and answer any questions you may have. This exciting show is sure to be a hit with every visitor.

 

Enjoy the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival

There is so much to enjoy during the Winter Festival at Bryce Canyon. No matter who you are, or which activities you prefer, you are sure to find something to enjoy during your visit. Visit Ruby’s Inn online for a breakdown of the different activities and their descriptions. Some activities and presentations require registration. If you want to make sure you do not miss anything you’re interested in, be sure to register ahead of time. Seeing Bryce Canyon during the Winter Festival is sure to be an experience you will never forget.

 

If you have any questions about the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival, visit www.rubysinn.com or call 435-834-5341.

 

Cycling Red Canyon Tunnel Bike Trail

Red Canyon also commonly referred to as “Little Bryce” offers one of the most exhilarating and fun cycling courses for visitors. It is a 5.5 mile bike trail that starts at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and continues on to the Coyote Hollow Parking area. It travels the entire length of Red Canyon, and we are certain it is a ride the whole family can enjoy. My co-worker just visited Bryce a few weeks back and rode the trail and her exact words were “It was the most amazing 5 mile stretch down of my life”.

The start of the ride takes you from the parking lot at Thunder Mountain and quickly takes you down into the canyon where you will be surrounded by the famous Ponderosa Pines. This according to my co-worker is what made the ride so epic. “As you’re riding through the canyon and the Ponderosa’s surround you, there is a wonderful hinted smell of pine, it really just hit the spot and made the ride all the more enjoyable”. As you continue on through the ride you can see the Red Canyon Tunnels that the cars pass under as you ride by.

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“You really want to get there at the right time during the spring when the flowers are at full bloom. There really isn’t anything quite like it”. According to Brittney, this is by far one of the most enjoyable trails to ride, and certainly something that every cyclist that visits Bryce should try.

100 Years of NPS – Fee Free Weekend!

I don’t know about you guys, but this is a pretty exciting day, and even more exciting weekend ahead! Today marks the NPS’s (National Parks Service’s) 100 YEAR BIRTHDAY! What an amazing job they have done in protecting the places we all love most.

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A Little History Lesson

On August 25th 1916 President Woodrow signed The Act of March 1, 1872 which created the National Parks Service. This act started with Yellowstone National Park when congress established it as a “public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” This movement sparked one of the most important environmental movements to date. The national park movement began and today more than 100 NATIONS contain 1,200 national parks or alike preserved areas. Once the National Parks Service was established on this very day 100 years ago, the department was made responsible for protecting and preserving 35 national parks and monuments.

Why Do We Need NPS?

I mean… In my opinion people can be pretty careless, especially when it comes to our land and environment. The NPS helps to preserve some of the most stunning, fragile, sometimes dangerous and amazing places in the world! Without them there could be a potential chance of these parks getting destroyed by carelessness. Littering, fires, development and more are all being avoided by having the National Parks Service there to keep these lovely places preserved for our enjoyment. They help keep the parks clean and the people safe.

So in honor of the National Parks Service’s 100th Birthday, starting today August 25th – August 28th at all the National Parks there will be a FEE FREE ENTRANCE. So get out there and enjoy this beautiful land!

“The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.”https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

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