Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center Open!
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
The new Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park is open for business, announced Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "We're still learning about the building and its operating systems," he said, "but we're delighted to be able to share the Visitor Center with the public now." Visitor Center hours for the winter and early spring months are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Exhibits, an information desk, and a Mesa Verde Museum Association bookstore are located within the public spaces in the new structure. Visitors can also look into the park's Research Center, which will house the park's research collection, archives and research library. The Research Center remains closed as the mammoth task of moving the research collection, archives and library collections to the new facility continues.
The Grand Opening for the Visitor and Research Center is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2013. Please watch for more information in spring 2013. For more information, call 970-529-4465.
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.