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Mesa Verde Waives Entrance Fee
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer announced that Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees during the months of January and February. "With the new recreational opportunities being offered this winter," said Spencer, "I am waiving fees to encourage visitors and locals to visit Mesa Verde and take advantage of the quieter times in the park."
Once the park has received sufficient snowfall, there will be several trails open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Information on the winter recreational opportunities can be found on the park website, at the park entrance or by calling park dispatch at 970-529-4622 or Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum at 970-529-4631.
In addition to the January and February fee waiver, there are also a number of days in 2012 when entrance fees to national parks and public lands will be waived. The fee free days for National Park Service units are:
January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend)
April 21 to 29 (National Park Week)
June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)
For more information on visiting Mesa Verde call the park's main information line at (970) 529-4465.
Did You Know?
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.