Morefield Amphitheater Rehab; Evening Programs Held at Knife Edge Cafe
Contact: Carol Sperling, 970-529-4628
The amphitheater at Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park is getting some much needed rehabilitation work, announced Superintendent Cliff Spencer. As a result, the evening programs that are usually held there are being offered at the Knife Edge Café in Morefield Village at 9 p.m. every night. “We’re replacing the lighting systems and the walkways right now, as well as re-roofing the equipment shed,” said Superintendent Spencer.Programs are open and free to the public; call (970) 529-4631 to learn the schedule of topics.
Constructed in 1964 as part of the "Mission 66 program,” the Morefield Amphitheater was one of hundreds of new buildings and facilities installed to upgrade aging parks by the National Park Service's 50 year anniversary in 1966. This summer, the park is performing the amphitheater's first major overhaul since its construction. Work includes replacement of walkways, seating, and repairs to service buildings, as well as the installation of automated high efficiency LED lights on pathways and improvements to overhead and seating lighting systems.
“These improvements will increase visitor and staff safety,” said Spencer, “as well as make it easier to operate the facility and reduce electrical costs.” Work will be underway through the month of June, with expected reopening for the Independence Day holiday.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.