People who are looking for a Christmas activity to help jump-start some holiday spirit can look west to Brown's Park and take a step back in time.
The eighth annual Jarvie Ranch Christmas open house will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Brown's Park.
The historic ranch will be alive with sights and sounds of the late 1800s. The trip back into history is free to the public. The event is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) and the Dinosaur Nature Association. People who plan to attend should dress warmly and bring a packed lunch.
This event has become part of the holiday season for many families. This year activities include ornament making, children's programs and decorating with naturals and wildlife trees. Live music, horse-drawn rides and story telling around the campfire will also help people enjoy the pre-Christmas time.
Tours of the historic building, decked out for the holiday season, will be given along with free hot cider and cookies.
For people who still need a Christmas tree, this event can be used as an opportunity to get one the old-fashioned way. Christmas tree permits are available for people who want to cut a tree from public land that surrounds the ranch.
Lucinda Curfew from the BLM office in Vernal, Utah, believes the ranch is a spectacular place to spend a pre-Christmas weekend.
"It is a way to step back in the past," said Curfew. "It is a very historic, old, neat place even when it isn't Christmas, but when the place has been decorated for the holidays and all of the different activities are taking place, it is incredible."
For more information or directions, call (801) 885-3307 or (435) 781-4400.