New Visitor Service: Mesa Verde Tour Tickets Available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez
Contact: Rosemarie Salazar, 970-529-4629
As part of its continuing efforts to enhance visitor services, Mesa Verde National Park is now selling tour tickets at the Colorado Welcome Center (CWC) at 928 East Main Street in Cortez.
Tickets must be purchased in person and will be sold from two days to two hours in advance of each tour. Tour tickets are $3.00 per person, per site, and will be sold for Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House, the park's popular ranger-led activities. Ticket sales began on Sunday, April 10 and will continue through Saturday, November 5, 2011. The CWC is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm through May 26. From May 27 through September 4, the CWC will be open daily for extended hours, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Mesa Verde National Park is able to offer this service through the assistance of its park partner, the Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA). "Response to our pilot program last summer was very positive, so we're pleased to offer this service again this year," stated park superintendent Cliff Spencer. "We hope local residents and visitors staying in area establishments take advantage of this opportunity. This will also help reduce the long ticket lines at Far View Visitor Center."
Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House tour tickets may still be purchased on the same day or up to two days in advance of the tours at the Far View Visitor Center in Mesa Verde National Park. Tour tickets are $3.00 per person, per site. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm through May 28. From May 29 through September 5, the Visitor Center will extend its hours from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Tour tickets may also be purchased at the Morefield Ranger Station, at the entrance to Morefield Campground, beginning May 29 through early August, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Mesa Verde Museum Association is a private, nonprofit organization, authorized by Congress and established for the park in 1930. Through an active publishing program, the operation of retail bookstores in Mesa Verde National Park and in the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez, the Mesa Verde Institute, and a membership program, MVMA provides educational and interpretive experiences that enhance public understanding of the valuable cultural and natural resources at Mesa Verde. Activities of the Association normally support agency educational or research objectives that could not otherwise be provided by regular government funding.
For tour ticket information call the Colorado Welcome Center Bookstore at 970-564-0780, the Mesa Verde Museum Association at 970-529-4445, or Mesa Verde National Park at 970-529-4465.
Did You Know?
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.