Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun. Couples get the chance to do something extra special for each other. And we at The Lodge at Red River Ranch have discovered a really cool way to have a good time this Saturday. Bryce Canyon, in conjunction with Ruby’s Inn, are having their annual Winter Festival on Valentine’s Day.
From the 14th through the 16th, Bryce Canyon National Park and Ruby’s Inn will offer a plethora of activities for couples and families. Everything from yoga to snowshoeing to watercolor classes will be offered. This year a special guest speaker will address the guests about his uncle, Butch Cassidy. At night astronomy tours will be conducted in the park, and there will be live music and dancing. And best of all, entrance to Bryce Canyon will be free for the whole weekend. A complete itinerary is shown below.
Registration for the Winter Festival begins this Saturday at 8:00am at Ruby’s Inn. You won’t want to miss this chance an awesome Valentine’s get-away.
• Ruby’s inn activities •
Basic Morning Yoga
Sat 9:00am – Red Canyon Rooms
Sun 8:30am – Red Canyon Rooms
Mon 8:00am – Red Canyon Rooms
Open to everyone – from beginner to experienced yoga practitioner. Basic yoga is an introduction to Anusara Yoga, breathing techniques and beginning poses. Wear comfortable exercise clothing. Please bring your own mat and props if you have them. Bonnie O’Neil – Instructor.
Sat 10:00am–12:00 (half hour sessions)
Sun 10:00am –12:00 (half hour sessions)
10:00–10:30 session adults only
Want to learn how to kayak? Now is your chance! Half-hour kayaking demos will be held in the pool Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please sign up early because equipment is limited. The first session (10:00–10:30) on both Saturday and Sunday mornings will be for adults only. The other sessions are open
to all ages. Charlie Butler, co-owner of Wasatch Touring, along with his wife Karen and friends will help you stay afloat.
White snow resting on crimson rock formations takes snowshoeing to a new scenic level. Experience ranger-guided snowshoe tours in the Dixie National Forest. Sign up and meet in Ruby’s Lobby.
Sat 11:00am (kids and adults) – Classical
Sat 2:00pm (adults only) – Classical
Sun 2:00pm – Skate
Lori Lange – Instructor. Lori skied on the University of Wyoming Nordic ski team 1982–1986. She was named to the NCAA All-American team in 1983. Lori coached the Mt. Bachelor Ski Foundation Nordic team 1986–1989. Since that time she has continued to race in the Wasatch Citizen Series and won the first classical race of this season in the age class bracket of the women’s field. She was one of the coaches for Park City Nordic Ski Team kicker and gliders program as well.
Sat 1:00pm – Presentation:
Become a Better, Injury-Free Runner
K. Golden Harper – Instructor. Golden graduated with a degree in Exercise Science, focusing on running technique & running injuries. He grew up working in his family’s running store and holds a world-best for a 12-year old in the marathon at 2:45:34. He founded Altra Footwear in 2009.
Sat 2:00 PM – Interactive Clinic:
Run More Efficiently – Red Canyon B
With an extensive knowledge of proper biomechanics and a passion for reducing running injuries, K. Golden Harper will help participants learn proper running techniques. (15–20 participants)
Sat 1:00–4:00pm – Archery Range
Eric Quilter will instruct the finer points of archery in preparation for the Ski Archery Biathlon on Sunday Morning.
Archery Biathlon ($10 fee)
Sun 11:00am – Archery Range
Open to all ages and abilities. Entrants must participate in Saturday’s Archery Clinic or demonstrate proficiency in archery.
Register Saturday from 5–8 PM or before 10 AM on Sunday. The kid’s race for 12 & under starts at 11 AM on Sunday. The 6KM competition will follow. $10 entry fee includes a long sleeve t-shirt.
Limited equipment is available for use. Bring your own if you have it. Please register early! Awards ceremony will be held in the Red Canyon Room at 5:00 PM Sunday. A special thanks to biathlon director Eric Quilter and his assistants!
Crafts for Kids
Sat 11:00am – Upstairs Meeting Room
Sun 9:00am – Upstairs Meeting Room
Bring the kids and enjoy a variety of projects that are easy and fun to create. Small children should have a helper come along.
Make Your Own Pottery
Sat 1:00pm – Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill
You’re invited to “Come Play in the Clay.” Build your own pinch pot, coil pot, or mud pie. Learn basic techniques from Ben Behunin and his friendly children who rarely bite.
For people who like to get their hands dirty.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Sat 1:00pm – Red Canyon A
Sun 1:00pm – Red Canyon A
Best Friends will present a 20 minute video of the history of Best Friends followed by a discussion of the many tours, hikes, and volunteer opportunities available at the sanctuary, and conclude with a question and answer session.
Sat 3:00pm – Red Canyon Room – Lloyd Eldredge
“Surefire Tips to Improve Your Photography” Introduction to valuable tips to significantly improve your landscape photography.
Sun 2:00pm- Red Canyon Room – Mike hill
“Lots of video and pictures-now what?” (tips and tricks)
Sun 3:30pm – Red Canyon Room – Scott Eldredge
“What to do with all of those Digital Photos”
The details will be announced and this year will include a category for video testimonials/commercials that can be used on Ruby’s website and Facebook.
Sat 3:00pm – Kids Class – Upstairs Meeting Room
Sat 6:00pm – Demo – Ruby’s Inn Lobby
Sun 2:30pm – Kids Class – Upstairs Meeting Room
Sun 4:00pm – Adult Class – Upstairs Meeting Room
Brian Thayne will teach the basics of watercolor painting. Brian will do a watercolor demo on Saturday at 6:00 PM in Ruby’s Inn lobby. Stop by and watch the master at work. He will also have artwork displayed in the lobby. Brian will offer watercolor classes: one for adults and two for children.
The kids class is limited to 35 per class (one on Saturday and one on Sunday). Please sign up in advance. For the kids classes, please sign up for only one class so everyone has an opportunity to paint. Brian’s paintings reflect his world travel.
Making Leather Journals
Sun 2:00 pM – Red Canyon Room
Handcrafted leather books can be used to record your sketches, journal entries, recipes, etc. You can watch a demonstration for FREE or purchase pre-made kits for $35.00 each, and assemble your own journal while we demonstrate how to make them.
Sat 5:00–6:30pm – Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill
Join us at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill, for western dance instruction. Fun for the whole family.
Colleen West is an Associate Professor of Dance at BYU. She specializes in teaching and choreographing in the styles of world dance and tap dance. She has taught for 25 years.
Presentation – “My Uncle, Butch Cassidy”
Sun 8:00pm – Red Canyon Rooms
W. J. (Bill) Betenson grew up hearing stories of his famous uncle from his great grandmother, Lula Parker Betenson who was the younger sister to Butch Cassidy. As a result he has researched his famous uncle’s life for as long as he can remember.
Cross Country Ski Races ($10 fee)
Mon 9:30am – Kids 2KM
Mon 10:00am – Free-technique
Register at the festival registration desk Sunday evening or up to one-half hour before event
begins. Please register early. Entry fee is $10 and includes a long sleeve t-shirt. Award Ceremony Monday at noon.
Kids Snowboot Races
Mon 1:30pm – Archery Range – Free
Fun for kids. Bring your kids to the archery range area. Make sure they are wearing boots so they can run in the snow. This very short, fun race will be divided into several age groups.
￼￼￼Concert – Ty Herndon
Sat 8:00pm – Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill
￼• Bryce Canyon National Park activities •
Free entrance all Weekend to Bryce Canyon national Park • Feb 14–16
Daily 10:30am – Bryce Canyon National Park
30-Minute Ranger Talk – Learn all about Bryce Canyon’s amazing geology. Meet at the Sunset Point overlook (follow the path to the viewpoint from the shuttle bus stop). In case of inclement weather, talks will be held in the Visitor Center.
Sat 1:30pm – Bryce Canyon National Park
Sun 1:30pm – Bryce Canyon National Park
(Moderately Strenuous) Sign-up in advance at the Visitor Center or call 435–834–4747. Attendance limited to 25; Location will be announced at sign-up. NOTE: you must provide your own water- proof hiking boots, or ideally, snow boots, to keep your feet warm and dry. Those with only tennis shoes, dress shoes, etc. will not be allowed to attend.
Sat 6:00pm – Bryce Canyon National Park
Astro Evening Program, “Astro Through The Ages” by Park Ranger Kevin Doxstater at the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Sat 7:00pm – Bryce Canyon National Park
Telescope viewing at the Visitor Center lower parking area
Sun 6:00pm – Bryce Canyon National Park
Astro Evening Program, “Pleasures Of A Starry Night”, by Park Ranger Pam Cox at the Visitor Center Auditorium.