Mesa Verde Offers Free Winter Ecology Hike on Saturday, February 25
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Park Rangers will be leading a second guided hike focusing on winter ecology at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 9:00 am. The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is requested. Children are welcome and should be at least 7 years old to join the hike. Participants will meet at the Morefield Village gas station, and then explore the hillsides around the Morefield Campground, looking for signs of wildlife and observing adaptations of plants and animals in the winter months. Be prepared to be outdoors for 2 - 3 hours with extra layers of clothing, water, and snacks. There is a limit of 20 adults and children. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or you may bring your own. Park entrance fees are waived during the months of January and February. To sign up, for weather conditions, and for more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Museum at 970-529-4631.
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.