• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Holiday Open House Draws Visitors Despite Cold

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Date: December 23, 2013
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

The annual Holiday Open House and Luminaria display at Mesa Verde National Park drew over 1000 visitors last week, despite frigid temperatures and fresh snow. "We're delighted that so many people braved the weather to join us," said Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "Many thanks to Aramark, Mesa Verde Museum Association, and Cortez City Market for helping make it a successful night."

Mesa Verde National Park continues to offer visitor services through the winter season. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spruce Tree House is open with free ranger-guided tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily, with opportunities to visit the site on your own beginning December 22. All facilities will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

For more information, visit our webpage at www.nps.gov/meve or call (970) 529-4465.

 

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Did You Know?

Photograph of Cliff Palace, 1895 - 1900 by WH Jackson

On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.