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Black Canyon NP hosts ranger-led winter programs

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has opportunities to get outdoors this winter. Ranger-guided programs are designed to help you get started on experiencing the snow. Programs are dependent on snow conditions. Call the South Rim Visitor Center for updates at 970-249-1914, ext. 423.

Snowshoe walks -- Saturdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. through March 2. Meet at the South Rim Visitor Center. No special skill is needed to participate in these walks. Allow two hours for the program. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge, for these programs. Reservations required: 970-249-1914, ext. 423 (up to 30 days in advance).

Winter night skies -- Saturday March 2, 7 p.m. Meet at the South Rim Visitor Center. Join rangers and astronomers with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society to learn more about the night sky. The evening starts with a special program inside the visitor center followed by night sky viewing with telescopes. 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. Western National Parks Association provides a bookstore inside the visitor center.

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