More on the Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike on October 9
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Come to Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, October 9, 2010 and ride your bike or hike along the tram road. "Because of the success of this event on September 19, we have decided to repeat it this weekend," stated Acting Superintendent Bill Nelligan. "We received many positive comments from those who came out to Wetherill last month, all of them encouraging us to do it again."
On Saturday, October 9, the Wetherill Mesa Road will open at 9:00 a.m., and the inbound gate will 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 lunch from the Mesa Verde Community Club at the kiosk. You may purchase a hot dog or hamburger with chips and a drink for $5.00, or a cheeseburger with chips and a drink for $6.00. All proceeds from the lunch will go to the family of John Merrill, an employee of Mesa Verde National Park who recently died in a climbing accident. If you mention that you are here to 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 like and opportunities like this 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. If you have any questions, please contact the park at 529-4465.
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.