Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Search for Missing Hiker Continues
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Rangers and other emergency services personnel continue to search for Mitchell Stehling from Goliad, Texas. The search began late on Sunday, June 9 when his wife notified dispatch that he was overdue from his hike to Spruce Tree House. Over 35 searchers and two dog teams are currently involved in the search. Search efforts for Friday are focused on Spruce Canyon, Navajo Canyon and Wickiup Canyon.
National Park Service (NPS) personnel are being assisted by Dog SAR Colorado. NPS personnel were assisted earlier in the week by Montezuma and La Plata County SAR Teams, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the San Juan National Forest Hot Shots.
Temperatures in the park are expected to be in the 80s today. The terrain consists of steep canyons and mesa tops at an elevation between 6,500 and 8,000 feet. Mr. Stehling was last seen wearing a brown shirt and hat, khaki shorts and hiking boots. He was not carrying any water or other gear.
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.