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Winter is coming and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has opportunities to get outdoors. 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 are offered Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 at 11 a.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 are required by calling 249-1914, ext. 423.

Snowshoe walks are offered Wednesdays (1 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m.) from Jan. 11 through March 4. Meet at South Rim Visitor Center. No special skill is needed to participate in these 1.5 mile walks. Allow two hours for the program. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge. Reservations are required by calling 249-1914, ext. 423.

Full moon snowshoe walks: Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. Meet at South Rim Visitor Center. Experience a moonlit winter night on snowshoes. No special skill needed to participate in this walk. Allow 90 minutes for the program and be prepared for cold weather. Snowshoes are available to use free of charge. Hot drinks will be available after the program. Reservations are required by calling 249-1914, ext. 423.

Winter night skies: Feb. 25 and March 25, 7 p.m. Meet at the South Rim Visitor Center. Join Sky 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 bad, call 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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