Visibility Conference Events

This unique conference offers many opportunities to enhance your visibility experience!

Excursion to Bryce Canyon National Park
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Technical sessions break at noon and all conference attendees are encouraged to spend the afternoon in Bryce Canyon National Park, and enjoy hiking and a fireside chat with a ranger from the National Park Service. 

Hike locations include: 
  • A visit to the IMPROVE site and hiking at Mossy Cave Trail 
  • Queen/Navajo Combined Loop Hike 
  • Tower Bridge Hike
  • Bryce Ampitheater Traverse Hike
Bring good walking shoes and appropriate outerwear. Bryce Canyon is at an elevation of 7700 feet. The temperatures may hit 60 during the day and drop to 30 at night and early in the morning. BCNP website

A box lunch will be available and transportation will be provided to the Park Visitors Center and dedicated shuttles for the conference will run throughout the afternoon on a 30-minute rotation to different stops at the park. See the conference excursion details and Shuttle Service Website for more information. There is cell service available on the outer rim and an app for tracking the shuttle busses.  

Night Sky Program 
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Gaze at the stars in the breathtakingly clear sky of the Class I protected area of Bryce Canyon through powerful telescopes. Knowledgeable professionals will be on hand to point out major constellations and attractions and provide fascinating details. 
Transportation will be provided to the site from Ruby's Inn.  Remember to pack a jacket! 

Rainbow Point Shuttle Tour
Friday, October 8, 2021 • 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:  $50 

The conference will be offering a customized tour Friday afternoon, October 23 operated by Bryce Canyon Shuttle.  This 4-hour round-trip tour covers 40 miles with stops along many of the park's most scenic viewpoints.

After the conference concludes, the shuttle will leave from Ruby’s Inn, and travel south to Rainbow Point, the terminus of Highway 63 through the Park.  In addition to scenic stops at the rim of the Bryce Amphitheater such as Sunset Point and Bryce Point and the southernmost overlooks of Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point, we will also visit the IMPROVE camera  site near Yovimpa Point and the Bureau of Land Management optical measurement site just north of Yovimpa Point.

Photo Contest
Conference participants are invited to participate in the Visibility Photo Contest.  Submit up to 5 of your best photos of spectacular visibility, impaired visibility, or unusual optical effects.  Urban, rural, and wilderness settings during either day or night are all acceptable. 

Photos will be displayed at the conference and winners voted best in class by conference attendees will receive prizes from  Air Resource Specialists, Inc.  To enter, email a digital copy of the photo to Kristi Gebhart at by September 15, 2021 and bring an 8x10 print to the conference. Start planning what you will submit now!