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Bryce Canyon in Winter

Bryce Canyon in Winter

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Date:
February 28 -
March 4, 2018

Price:
CMC Members: $985
Non-Members: $1084

Note, if 30 people register for the trip before November 1, 2017, the price will decrease by $100 and if 40 people register, the price will decrease by $150 to as low as $835 for members!

DEPOSIT: $350

 

Trip Overview

Bryce Canyon in Winter is a new Adventure Travel trip for 2018. What is more beautiful than Bryce Canyon National Park in the summer? It is Bryce Canyon in the winter! Orange hoodoos and green bristlecone pines topped with white snow against a bright blue sky are what you will see at the various overlooks on the canyon rim. It is breathtakingly beautiful and your trip leaders should know after spending New Year’s 2016 at Bryce Canyon National Park.  

The trip starts and ends in Golden with a lunch stop in Fruita, Colorado at the Kannah Creek Brewery or you may choose to walk across the street to Rib City.  After lunch, we’ll stop in Green River, Utah at the John Wesley Powell River Museum that pays homage to Powell and teaches us about his expeditions, the history of the West’s exploration, and the geography of the area. We should arrive at Ruby’s Inn just outside Bryce Canyon National Park by dinner time, weather and traffic conditions permitting. 

You may choose to start a cross-country ski adventure right from your hotel room door!  Ruby’s has over 30 km of groomed trails that wind through forests of Ponderosa pine and meadows, ending at majestic overlooks and offering one of the best ways to enjoy the peaceful scenery and fresh clean air of Bryce.  Some of these trails lead right into Bryce Canyon National Park.  

Although skiing off the rim into the canyon is not permitted, you can enjoy a variety of ski/snowshoe routes above the rim or you may hike or snowshoe into the canyon. The NPS shuttle does not operate in winter, so our bus will take us in and out of the park for scheduled trips. 

Photography is very popular at Bryce Canyon during the winter. Some of the most popular photos of the park show the snow-capped hoodoos.  An optional photography tour will be available (for an additional fee) and will take you into the park for picture-taking at sunrise and sunset.  Please be sure to indicate on the registration form if you would like to participate in the photo tour, as we will need to make reservations in advance. 

Ski/snowshoe trails are easy with very little elevation gain. Hiking trails into the Canyon are steep and likely to be icy, so micro spikes are strongly encouraged. Bryce Canyon NPS Ranger-led programs may be an option, pending availability of rangers.

What’s included in the trip fee:   

  • Round trip bus from Golden, CO to Bryce Canyon, UT 
  • 4 nights’ accommodations at Ruby’s Inn 
  • Daily bus transportation into the park 
  • National Park admission 
  • 4 breakfast vouchers 
  • 3 dinner vouchers (you may choose the buffet or order off menu; additional cost above the voucher amount will be participant’s responsibility) 
  • 1 pizza and salad party at the hotel 
  • 3 happy hours with appetizers and cash bar 
  • Admission to the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah 
  • Gratuities for bus driver and for housekeepers at the hotel

 

Accommodations

Ruby’s Inn with their recently updated rooms serves as our base for this adventure. Room accommodations include 2 queen beds, cable satellite television, coffee/tea maker, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, data ports, microwave, refrigerator, free high-speed wireless internet and rooms are 100% non-smoking.  There is also a fitness center, indoor pool and jacuzzi. Within Ruby’s you will find a gift shop, rock shop and general store which sells many items such as groceries, beer, wine, camping gear, clothing, shoes and more.

 

Pre-trip Activities and Requirements

A good attitude, tolerance for your fellow travelers and unforeseen circumstances.  There are no prerequisites for this trip, however moderate physical conditioning and skiing, snowshoeing and hiking ability is beneficial to take full advantage of the activities available in the park.

 

 

Trip Leader: Joanne Young and Renée Howbert

 

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