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Enjoy winter with your friends at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Ranger guided programs are designed to help you get started on experiencing the snow. Ski clinics and snowshoe walks are dependent upon snow conditions. Call the South Rim Visitor Center for updates at 970-249-1914, ext. 423

Cross-country ski clinics -- Saturday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing. This two-hour clinic will cover simple striding and gliding and traveling in variable terrain and snow conditions. Meet at South Rim Visitor Center. You must provide your own ski equipment. Reservations required: (970) 249-1914, ext. 423.

Snowshoe walks -- Jan. 13 - March 3, 10 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Meet at South Rim Visitor Center. No special skill is needed to participate in these 1.5 mile walks. Allow 2.5 hours for the program. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge, for these programs. Reservations required: (970) 249-1914, ext. 423.

Full moon open house -- Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1. South Rim Visitor Center will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Experience a moonlit winter night on snowshoes. The visitor center will remain open into the evening to warm up, watch the park film, tour the exhibits and browse the bookstore. Snowshoes are available to use free of charge for self-guided hiking along park snowshoe trails. Hot drinks will be available. Reservations are not required; snowshoe checkouts are first-come, first served.

Winter night skies -- Saturday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m. Meet at the South Rim Visitor Center. Join rangers and the Black Canyon Astronomical Society to learn more about what is happening in the night sky. The evening starts with a special program followed by night sky viewing. If the weather looks cloudy, call (970) 249-1914, ext. 423. Be prepared for cold weather.

The South Rim Visitor Center winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day (closed Christmas Day).

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