With the ongoing government shut down, here in Utah we are glad to report that for now Utah’s 5 National Parks are open! With that, the Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs are back on schedule, and are a a great opportunity to learn fun facts about everything from weather, trees and astronomy through the ages, to geology talks. Experience rim walks and hikes through Bryce Canyon’s beautiful hoodoo’s and spires with Rangers who can share fun and informational details.

Click on the link for programs and schedule information.

Oct 12-20

The Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs are a great opportunity to learn fun facts about everything from weather, trees and astronomy through the ages, to geology talks. Experience rim walks and hikes through Bryce Canyon’s beautiful hoodoo’s and spires with Rangers who can share fun and informational details.

Click on the link for programs and schedule information.

Bryce Ranger Programs Aug 25-Sep 7

Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs

Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs

Thanks to Eric Sevy, who has provided some fun facts about a few of his favorite cyclists competing in this years Tour of Utah.

Jens Voigt of Radio Shack-Nissan. “The Jensie” is always a fan favorite who will be polite to you if you’re polite to him. He is the “class clown” of the peloton but one of the hardest working cyclists there is. This year he won the Most Combative rider award on Stage 20 of the Tour de France and has competed in 16 Tours de France. He is known for his famous quote “Shut up legs and do what I tell you!” Shortened down to “Sut up Legs!” It’s the most famous saying of cyclists now.

Jens Voigt

Jens Voigt

“Fast Freddie” Fred Rodgriquez of Jelly Belly. He’s our National Road Race Champion (for the fourth time) and will be easy to spot as he gets to wear the “Stars and Stripes” kit (jersey and shorts) in recognition of being the National Champ.

"Fast Freddie" Fred Rodriguez

“Fast Freddie” Fred Rodriguez

Christian Vadevelde of Garmin-Sharp. Christian wore the yellow jersey for most of the race last year before losing it to the eventual champion on Stage 5. Christian was the first American cyclist to finish all 3 Grand Tours.

Christian Vandevelde

Christian Vandevelde

Ted King of Cannondale and Ben King of Radio Shack-Nissan. Often confused for brothers, or twins, there is no familial relationship. Ted King will be listed in the official program as Edward King, but don’t make the mistake of calling him that! He even has a website: IAmTedKing.com. Both King’s are hard working riders for their teams, and Ben King is a former National Road Racing Champ. Each competed in this years Tour de France.

Ted King

Ted King

 

 

Ben King

Ben King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Zabriskie of Garmin Sharp. Nicknamed “Captain America” because he was the 7th time National Time Trial Champion and for his love of comic books, he is always a fan favorite of the Tour of Utah because he grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from Olympus High School.

Dave Zabriskie "Captain America"

Dave Zabriskie “Captain America”

 

BMC riders Brent Bookwalter, Larry Warbrasse, Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schaer. All young riders who will be at the front of the peloton dictating the pace.

 

United Healthcare cycling team. This is your “home team” based out of Salt Lake City. Look for Jeffry Louder from Salt Lake City, to lead the team.

The United Healthcare cycling team

The United Healthcare cycling team

Jeff Louder

Jeff Louder

Hincapie Developmental Team. This is a team that needs and wants your cheers and support! They are one of the US Cycling top developmental teams, and this is their biggest race of the year. Let’s make them feel like they’re the future champions they can become!

Hincapie Developmental Team

Hincapie Developmental Team

MTN-Qhubeka is a team from South Africa. Qhubeka means “carry on” or “move forward” in Zulu. How can you not cheer for a team with a great name like this!

MTN-Qhubeka "Carry On"

MTN-Qhubeka “Carry On”

 

 

 

 

 

The Bryce Ranger Programs are a great way to learn more about the geological history of Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as astronomy (we do have some of the world’s darkest skies here in Garfield County), prarie dogs and other canyon critters, and ranger led kid programs.

Click on the link below for the Bryce Ranger Programs for July 28th through August 10th

Bryce Ranger Programs July 28 through August 10

bryce ranger program

To view the Bryce Ranger Programs Schedule July 14 through 27, please click this link:

July 14-27

Geologists and nature lovers alike will enjoy Bryce Canyon’s 4th annual GeoFest, scheduled for Friday July 26th and Saturday July 27th, 2013. Join the park rangers for guided hikes, family-friendly geology programs, bus tours with geologists, evening programs with special guest speakers, and exhibits and family oriented activities located at the Bryce Canyon visitor center.

The beauty of Bryce Canyon as captured by Panguitch local Joy Sabatino

The beauty of Bryce Canyon as captured by Panguitch local Joy Sabatino

The Tentative Schedule of Events follows (subject to change – all events held both days except as noted):

Canyon Geology Hikes: 8:30 a.m. (meet at General Store)

Mossy Cave Hikes: 9 a.m. (sign-up required/ticket available at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center)

Geology Bus Tours: 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. (3-1/2 hours, reservations required. Call 435-834-5290, or make reservations in person at the Shuttle Parking & Boarding Area in Bryce Canyon City).

Exhibits, Information & Family Fun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Visitor Center Plaza)

Geology for Kids: 10 a.m. (free ticket required. Available at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center)

Geology Talks: 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Sunset Point

Rim Walk: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Point

Evening Programs: Join special guest speakers Wayne Ranney and Dr George Davis, plus Ranger Geoff Goins for these one hour multimedia presentations –

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater (Ranney)

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (Davis) and Saturday (Goins) at the Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

To view the GeoFest brochure click this link:

2013 geofest brochure