Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on September 28
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on September 28 for
Mesa Verde National Park will offer free admittance on Saturday, September 28 for National Public Lands Day. The 20th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional, and local governments participate in the annual day of improving the health of public lands and encouraging shared stewardship through volunteer service.
"National Public Lands Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate and make a difference in America's open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to recreate, exercise, learn about the past, and connect with nature."
Other federal agencies waiving fees on September 28 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Congress directed the National Park Service to waive entry fees to national parks on National Public Lands Day every year. The National Park Service will also waive entrance fees from November 9-11 in commemoration of Veterans Day. For a full list of fee free days, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
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.