Mesa Verde Hosts 2007 Annual Holiday Open House
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
On Thursday, December 6, 2007, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2007 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.
People of all cultures and traditions are invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring special tours, a student art exhibit, luminarias, musical entertainment, and refreshments. The regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be presented at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Spruce Tree House will be open on a self-guided basis from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Special evening tours will also be offered at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District, and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9:00 p.m.
The Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) bookstore in the Museum will be open highlighting the sale of historic, limited edition photographs of the park, books, posters and gift ideas for the holidays.
Mesa Verde National Park and Mancos school district RE-6 have a cooperative agreement sponsoring an art show by K-12 students that is on exhibit in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Using a variety of media, the students have produced their own modern take on a very ancient means of communication under the mentoring of art teacher Kim Russell.
A Night Skies program including ranger talks, constellation tours, and telescope viewing will be held in the Far View Terrace parking lot beginning at 6 p.m.
Attendance at the Open House will be free. Refreshments will be provided at Spruce Tree Terrace by ARAMARK Mesa Verde and other local businesses. No park entrance fee will be charged after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2007. For additional information, please contact the park at 970-529-4465 and visit the park website at www.nps.gov/meve.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.