Bike and Hike on Wetherill Mesa
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Come to Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park on Sunday, September 19 and ride your bike or hike along the tram road. "Though Wetherill Mesa is usually closed on Labor Day, we wanted to try opening the Mesa on selected weekends during the fall season to biking and hiking," stated William Nelligan, Acting Superintendent. "Fall is a great time to enjoy the park, with cooler weather and the changing colors of autumn."
On Sunday, September 19, the Wetherill Mesa Road will open at 9:00 a.m., and close at 3:30 p.m., all visitors must exit the Wetherill Road by 5:00 p.m. The Wetherill Mesa Road is located near mile 15, just past Far View Lodge, on the west side of the park road. Visitors can drive down the Wetherill Mesa Road, park at the Wetherill kiosk, and ride or hike along the tram road. Along the route visitors may stop at Long House, the second largest cliff dwelling in the park, hike into Step House, explore Badger House Community, and hike to views of Kodak House, and Nordenskiöld #16. Park Rangers and volunteers will be available to answer questions and point out unique features of each site.
Bring your picnic lunch, and drinking water. If you prefer, you may purchase a hotdog, chips and a drink for $5.00 from the Mesa Verde Community Club at the kiosk. If you mention that you are here to ride your bike or hike on Wetherill Mesa, your entrance fee will be waived.
Come and take advantage of this new opportunity in Mesa Verde National Park. If this pilot program is successful, the park will continue to introduce new programs and opportunities for visitors and local community residents.
Bike riding is not allowed on the Wetherill Mesa Road as it is too narrow for both vehicles and bike traffic. Dogs are not allowed on the tram road. Please keep your safety in mind at all times, bring enough water and high energy snacks to keep yourself hydrated, and to maintain your energy level.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.