• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

2011 Luminaria Holiday Open House

Spruce Tree House illuminated during the annual Holiday Luminaria Open House
Spruce Tree House illuminated during the annual Holiday Luminaria Open House
NPS PHOTO

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News Release Date: November 16, 2011
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

On Thursday, December 8, 2011, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2011 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

Everyone is invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring special tours, luminarias, musical entertainment, and refreshments. The regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be presented at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Special evening tours will be offered at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Spruce Tree House is also available for self-guided tours from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District, and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9:00 p.m. There will be musical entertainment in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Auditorium throughout the evening. The schedule of performances is as follows:

Chapin Mesa Auditorium

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

William Yazzie - Traditional Native American flute and drum

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Ear Buds - Acoustical instrumentals and ballads

6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Four Corners Community Band - Variety

7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Vixen - Contemporary folk rock

Chief Ranger's Office Balcony 

5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Silver Echoes Flute Choir - Holiday

6:40 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.

William Yazzie - Traditional Native American flute and drum

Spruce Tree House

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Fort Lewis College Bala Sinem Choir - Traditional Native
American drum and chant

7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

William Yazzie - Traditional Native American flute and drum


The non-profit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) Museum bookstore will be open highlighting the sale of books, posters, puppets, historic photographs, and great holiday gifts as well as in-store specials. Bring your gift list along to take advantage of this special occasion. Proceeds benefit Mesa Verde National Park.

Attendance at the Open House is free. Refreshments will be provided by ARAMARK at the Spruce Tree Terrace.

No park entrance fee will be charged after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Mark your calendar and plan to join us in the park festivities!


-NPS-

Did You Know?

Baron Gustaf Nordenskiold

In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.