Mesa Verde Offers Winter Ecology Hike December 22
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Park rangers will be leading a guided hike on plant and animal winter adaptations at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, December 22, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The guided hike is free, but reservations are required. There is a limit of 20 people. Children must be at least 7 years old to join the hike. Participants will meet at the Morefield Campground, 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 to 3 hours with extra layers of clothing, water, and snacks. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or you may bring your own. For reservations, weather conditions, and more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Museum at 970-529-4631.
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.