2013 Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Holidays in Mesa Verde: 2013 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2013 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District.
Everyone is invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring luminarias, musical entertainment, and refreshments. Ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be offered at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm. Spruce Tree House is available for self-guided tours from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. Rangers will be on hand in Spruce Tree House to answer questions The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9:00 pm. Holiday entertainment featuring local musical groups will be on-going throughout the evening in the museum auditorium. The schedule of performances is as follows:
The non-profit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) museum store will be open highlighting the sale of books, posters, puppets, historic photographs, and great holiday gifts as well as in-store specials. Bring your gift list! Proceeds benefit Mesa Verde National Park.
ARAMARK Concession Services, City Market - Cortez, and the non-profit Mesa Verde Museum Association invite you to warm up with a bowl of white chicken chili, a cup of hot chocolate, and a cookie at the Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
All activities are free, including entry into the park after 4:00 pm. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the park festivities! Dress warmly with winter footwear and bring a flashlight.
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.