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    Mesa Verde

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July 30, 2014
2014 Fall Backcountry Hikes in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering backcountry experiences in 2014. These ranger-guided hikes include a 4-hour hike into Upper Navajo Canyon, and a 4-hour hike on Wetherill Mesa. Find out more here for the basics of each hike.

July 21, 2014
Fire Restrictions in Mesa Verde National Park
Recent hot, dry, and breezy weather has resulted in extremely dry vegetation fuels throughout the park. Because of the very high fire danger, fire restrictions will take effect within the park on July 22, 2014.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Mesa Verde National Park Creates $45.089 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 460,237 visitors to Mesa Verde in 2013 spent $45.089 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 617 jobs in the local area.

July 08, 2014
Mesa Verde Hosts Four Corners Lecture Series "Chaco Roads Less Traveled"
On Thursday, July 17, at 7:00 pm in the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host another program in the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. The series features presentations about the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

June 29, 2014
Free July Performances of Mesa Verde National Park Inspired Music
Musician and composer Jill Haley, a 2013 Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence, is returning to the Mesa Verde area in July 2014 to give two free performances of music written during her residency. These outdoor concerts will be held at the Cortez Cultural Center’s plaza on Saturday, July 12, and at Mesa Verde National Park’s Morefield Amphitheater on Sunday, July 13, both at 7:00 p.m.

June 20, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Distribution and Transportation Plan
The National Park Service is in the initial stages of developing a visitor distribution and transportation management plan for Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The purpose of the plan is to reduce visitor congestion at key locations within the park, to protect the cultural and natural resources in the park, to enhance the visitor experience, and to develop a comprehensive and sustainable strategy for how visitors access and experience the park.

June 16, 2014
Four Corners Lecture Series Presents "Hawikku: At the Crossroads of Change"
On Thursday, June 19, at 7:00 pm in the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host another free program as part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. Mr. Jim Enote, Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, will discuss how Hawikku, then one of the largest Zuni pueblos, acted as a catalyst for change when Coronado’s expedition arrived at Zuni in 1540.

May 28, 2014
Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Navajo Long Walk and Treaty of 1868
Mesa Verde National Park will be hosting a discussion of the Navajo Long Walk on Friday, June 6, as part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series.

May 27, 2014
Expanded Fall Photography Workshop in Mesa Verde National Park
A newly expanded fall photography workshop will be offered October 10-12, 2014 in Mesa Verde National Park.

May 18, 2014
Mesa Verde’s Literary Ties Subject of Free Lecture
Writer-in-Residence Robert Galin will give a free lecture discussing the connections between Mesa Verde National Park and the Southwest’s literary history at a free lecture on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library in the park.

May 18, 2014
Children’s Author Booksigning at Mesa Verde National Park
Children’s author Betty Bauer will read from and autograph her newly-published book "Tamika and Friends" on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, at Mesa Verde National Park’s Visitor and Research Center.

April 24, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park 2014 Artists in Residence Announced
The artists for the 2014 Mesa Verde National Park Artists in Residence (AIR) Program have been selected. During their residency, each artist will offer a free public program in the park.

April 14, 2014
2014 Special Hikes and Tours in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is again offering a series of unique ranger-guided educational experiences in 2014. Tickets for these special hikes are limited and must be purchased online at www.recreation.gov.

April 13, 2014
Celebrate National Park Week at Mesa Verde with Free Admission!
Visit Mesa Verde National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.

March 08, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Tourism Creates $46.69 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 488,860 visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in 2012 spent $46.69 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 645 jobs in the local area.

February 20, 2014
Mesa Verde Offers Free Winter Plant Identification Hike
Join the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society on a winter plant identification hike at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 9 a.m.

February 10, 2014
Pile Burns At Mesa Verde National Park in February
Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plans to implement a pile burn on Chapin Mesa in February.

January 30, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Winter Festival Cancelled
Due to the extreme lack of snow this winter, Mesa Verde National Park is canceling its Winter Festival. With little to no snow in the forecast and almost no snow on the ground in Morefield Canyon, all activities on February 8 and 15 have been canceled.

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Cliff Palace

Since 1996, 230 of the 600 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park have received Condition Assessment. More...