Hardware Ranch is now open for the winter season. Since 1946, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has operated the ranch to feed wintering elk in an effort to keep them out of agricultural areas in Cache Valley in Northern Utah.

Visitors are taken by sleigh on a tour through wintering elk. There is also a visitors center offering information, displays and exhibits on Utah wildlife. The Hardware Ranch Cafe provides free hot drinks after the sleigh ride. It also features sandwiches and hamburgers and all-you-can-eat chicken and rib dinners.Snowmobiles rentals are also available at the ranch.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Cost of a sleigh ride is $3.50, and includes free hot drinks. Children age three and under ride free. Night rides and chicken and rib dinners are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. Cost is $30 per couple, and reservations are needed.

For more information or reservations, call 245-3131 or 245-3329.

PARK RESERVATIONS - An upgrade of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation's campground reservation system is in operation. The new system provides quicker and better service.

People in the Salt Lake City calling area can reach the office at 322-3770, Those outside of the area can call 1-800-322-3770.

WINTER GAMES CLINICS - Here are the Utah Winter Games/Utah Sports Authority clinics being offered this weekend.

LEARN TO ALPINE SKI RACE at Snowbird Ski Resort. Register 9 to 10 a.m. at the Race Building, Entry 1. Call 975-4515 . . . DISABLED ALPINE, Saturday, Sunday, Monday at Park City. Pre-registration required. Call 649-3991.

LEARN TO FIGURE SKATE on Monday at Cottonwood Heights Ice Arena, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 - 10 a.m. Call 975-4515 . . . LEARN TO SKI ARCHERY on Sunday at White Pine Touring Center in Park City. Register at 9:30 a.m. Call 975-4515 . . . LEARN TO SKI JUMP on Sunday at Utah Winter Sports Park. Register before noon or 2 p.m. Call 975-4515 . . . LEARN TO SNOWBOARD on Saturday at Wolf Mountain Ski Resort. Register 9:30 a.m. Call 975-4515.