Early each year, Bryce Canyon National Park—in conjunction with Ruby’s Inn hotel—puts on the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. The snow-capped mountains and red-rock canyons of southwestern Utah provide a scenic backdrop to the three-day event, which will next take place Feb. 16–18, 2019.
The festival includes a variety of outdoor activities, competitions, classes and demonstrations. Two favorites are ice skating and sleigh rides, while those seeking something a little more active can sign up for the cross-country ski and biathlon races. Other popular options include guided snowshoe treks, a people-powered sled race, cross-country skiing tours, and clinics covering the basics of archery and kayaking.
The list of classroom-style sessions is highlighted by interactive photography and watercolor painting programs. A series of 30-minute ranger-led talks, which in 2017 covered topics such as geology, stargazing, winter in the park and the history of Bryce Canyon, take place at the park’s visitor center or at Sunset Point Overlook. There also are special crafts activities, painting classes and wildlife demonstrations for students.
Call +1.435.834.5341 or go to rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-winter-festival to find out more.
Top photo by CC Flickr/Tony Alter: bit.ly/2snoBnH