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    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

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December 17, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park Holiday Schedule
Mesa Verde National Park is open through the holiday season, with limited services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On both days, the park road and overlooks are open, but visitor facilities are closed for the day. More specifics inside....

November 21, 2014
2014 Luminaria Holiday Open House
On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the 2014 Annual Holiday Open House from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm in the Chapin Mesa headquarters area.

November 04, 2014
Application Period Opens for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program are being accepted through December 31, 2014. Writers, composers, visual and performing artists are offered the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park.

October 14, 2014
Mesa Verde National Park to Offer Free Admission on 9 Days in 2015
There are nine more reasons to enjoy Mesa Verde National National Park! The park will offer free admission on nine days in 2015.

October 14, 2014
National Park Service Selects ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment, LLC to Operate Concessions within Mesa Verde National Park
The National Park Service has selected ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment, LLC to provide a variety of visitor services in Mesa Verde National Park for the next 10 years.

October 13, 2014
Morefield Campground Open for Off-Season Limited Camping
Morefield Campground, located four miles within Mesa Verde National Park, will be open for off-season limited camping beginning October 12 through November 1.

October 01, 2014
Create a Living Testimonial at Free Mesa Verde National Park Artists-in-Residence Program
You’re invited to join artist team Sonja Horoshko and Ed Singer in a free program on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library.

September 22, 2014
Free Entrance to Mesa Verde National Park on September 27 for National Public Lands Day
Mesa Verde National Park will offer free admittance on Saturday, September 27 for National Public Lands Day. The annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

September 12, 2014
Santa Clara Pottery Making Demonstration, Firing, and Sale
At 10:30 a.m.on Saturday, September 20, Mesa Verde National Park will host a pottery making demonstration by Santa Clara Pueblo-born Starr Tafoya. The demonstration, pottery firing, and sale, all held at the park's Visitor and Research Center, are part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series.

September 12, 2014
Free Sculpting Program with Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence Hal Stewart
Mesa Verde National Park welcomes bronze sculptor Hal Stewart as its fourth Artist-In-Residence of 2014. Hal will conduct a free interactive presentation and demonstration of his work for the public on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library.

September 02, 2014
Free Pottery-Making Program with Artist in Residence Michael Savage
Potter and Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence Michael Savage will offer a free interactive program on Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m., at Far View Lodge Library.

September 01, 2014
Mesa Verde Bike and Hike
Everyone is invited to Mesa Verde National Park’s annual “Hike and Bike” events on Wetherill Mesa on September 13 and 27. Entrance fees will be waived for those participating.

August 21, 2014
Mesa Verde Waives Entrance Fees on August 25
Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on Monday, August 25 to celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. Admission to Mesa Verde National Park and all other national park service sites will be free.

August 19, 2014
Superintendent’s Compendium Updated to Reflect Prohibition on Drone Use in Mesa Verde National Park
The Superintendent’s Compendium for Mesa Verde National Park has been updated for 2014, and includes language prohibiting unmanned aircraft, including drones, quadcopters, and model airplanes, from taking off or landing inside the park boundary.

August 05, 2014
2014 Yucca House Tour Tickets Now Available Online!
Mesa Verde National Park is offering 2 ranger-guided tours of Yucca House National Monument in September. Tickets for these special hikes are limited and must be purchased online.

August 05, 2014
Four Corners Lecture Series Program August 6, 2014
On Wednesday, August 6, at 7:00 pm, at the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host another program in the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. This program highlights the historic Route 66 where it traverses over 400 miles across Arizona.

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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