Ruby’s Inn is preparing to welcome hundreds of guests for the 32nd annual Bryce Canyon Winter Festival over President’s Day weekend. The festivities coincide with a free-entry day at Bryce Canyon National Park in observance of President’s Day. This is the second of ten days that the National Park Service is offering waived fees to the national parks this year.
Ruby’s Inn will hold its first hot air balloon glow just across the street from the hotel at the Bryce Canyon shuttle station. On Feb. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m., five balloon pilots will set their 75-foot balloons to illuminate the night sky. Pilots will also be available before the show to discuss hot air balloon flight operations and their equipment for anyone interested.
Other activities on the schedule include ski clinics, photography workshops, watercolor painting, and an archery biathlon. The three-day festival also includes special activities for children such as hands-on craft classes and athletic competitions.
“This year we’ll see a kayaking clinic in our indoor pool, a pottery class taught by Ben Behunin, tons of crafts that kids will love, and a whole lot more,” said Lance Syrett, general manager of Ruby’s Inn.