Mesa Verde National Park to Waive Entrance Fees September 24 for National Public Lands Day
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Mesa Verde National Park will join National Park Service sites around the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day with free admission for park visitors. Entrance fees and commercial vehicle fees will be waived for the day, but 'user fees' such as cliff dwelling tour fees and camping fees will not be waived. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
Mesa Verde National Park partners are also offering celebratory promotional items in honor of Public Lands Day. The Mesa Verde Museum Association will offer a free gift for any customer who purchases $20 or more in merchandise at the bookstore at the Far View Visitor Center and/or the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. And Aramark, the park concessioner, is offering beautiful Mesa Verde Kokopelli Mugs as a free gift to the first fifty (50) guests at the Far View Terrace Gift Shop on Saturday. Simply stop by the gift shop to claim your mug!
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 visiting Mesa Verde National Park, go to Plan Your Visit or call 970-529-4465. 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.