Mesa Verde Offers Free Admission this Saturday, June 9
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Mesa Verde National Park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees.
"Although best known for its archeological sites and stories, Mesa Verde National Park also includes a number of great trails where hikers can reconnect with the natural world," said Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer. For more information on hiking in Mesa Verde, visit Mesa Verde's hiking page.
National Get Outdoors Day, now in its fifth year, encourages Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities while enjoying the beauty of public lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.
Governor Hickenlooper has joined with President Barack Obama and proclaimed the month of June as Great Outdoors Month and encourages all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors.
Mesa Verde National Park will waive its entrance fee on four more days in 2012 - September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).
If you are planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands - more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online. Mesa Verde National Park also offers an annual pass for the park for $30.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.