• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Wetherill Mesa To Remain Open Through September

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Date: August 30, 2008
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

This year, Wetherill Mesa will remain open through September 27th, with ranger guided tours of Long House, and Step House available as self-guided. Beginning September 2nd, Wetherill Mesa will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The tram, operated by ARAMARK, will transport visitors to the Long House trailhead from the information kiosk. Tour tickets, costing $3.00 can be purchased at Far View Visitor Center.

Wetherill Mesa is considered the “quieter-side” of Mesa Verde where you will encounter fewer visitors. September brings great early fall weather to enjoy hiking into these alcove sites. Come enjoy Wetherill Mesa in September.

Also beginning September 2 through 27, rangers will lead “Twilight Tours” through Cliff Palace, sponsored by the Mesa Verde Institute. The 90 minute tours limited to 20 people will begin at 6:00 pm each evening. Tickets must be purchased at the Far View Visitor Center for $10.00. This is an opportunity for a more intimate encounter in this spectacular cliff dwelling and allows more time to capture some fantastic photographs.

Ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace will continue September 2 to October 18, with tours every half-hour from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. From October 19 to November 8, tours will be offered every hour from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Ranger-guided tours of Balcony House will continue September 2 to October 18, every hour from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Rangers will offer evening programs in Morefield Campground Amphitheater nightly from September 2 through September 27.

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