Mesa Verde to Waive Entrance Fees For National Public Lands Day
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Mesa Verde National Park will join National Park Service (NPS) sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with free admission for park visitors.
While entrance fees and commercial tour fees will be waived for NPLD, recreation "user fees" such as backcountry permit fees, camping fees and fees for other activities offered in the park will not be waived.
Visitors who enter the park on Saturday, September 25, will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who enter the park before or after September 25 will need to pay the regular entrance fee. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
For more information on fee-free opportunities in park units around the country, please visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm. To learn more about National Public Lands Day, please visit the NPLD web site at www.publiclandsday.org.
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.