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Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde: 2009 Luminaria Holiday Open House
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
On Thursday, December 10, 2009, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2009 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 non-Profit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) Museum bookstore 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 is free. Refreshments will be provided at Spruce Tree Terrace by ARAMARK Mesa Verde Company, the park’s concessionaire. Cookies have been donated by the Absolute Bakery in Mancos, City Market in Cortez and Town Center in Durango, Walmart and Safeway in Cortez.
No park entrance fee will be charged after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009. For additional information, please contact the park at 970-529-4465.
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.