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

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde National Park - 2008 Luminaria Holiday Open House

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Date: December 2, 2008
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

On Thursday, December 11, 2008, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2008 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, 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. Special evening tours will 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. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

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 great gift ideas for the holidays.

Attendance at the Open House will be free. Refreshments will be provided at Spruce Tree Terrace by ARAMARK Mesa Verde Company, the park’s concessionaire. Cookies have been donated by City Market in Cortez and Durango, Walmart and Safeway in Cortez, and the Absolute Bakery in Mancos.

No park entrance fee will be charged after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2008. For additional information, please contact the park at 970-529-4465.

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Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

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.