Wetherill Mesa To Remain Open Through September
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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Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.