Winter Activities: Guided Hikes
Winter Ecology Hikes at Mesa Verde National Park,
Winter is a wonderful time to explore Mesa Verde. Come enjoy the outdoors during this special time of year while exploring the local winter ecology with these guided hikes. See below for hike descriptions, dates, and times. Or download the printer-friendly flyer (pdf, 659 kb)
Space is limited. Please make reservations by contacting the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum at 970-529-4631.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.
Dress for weather conditions.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Animal Tracks and Signs - at Morefield Campground
Learn how to look for and identify animal tracks and signs, and then explore the hillsides around Morefield Campground. Past animal tracks observed in the area include weasels, rabbits, coyotes, and mountain lions.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Winter Life on the Mesa - at Far View Sites
Life, in all form of communities, appears to slow down during the cold winter months. Join a ranger to explore the winter life cycles of Mesa Verde's plants and animals. Participate in a hike around Far View Sites and discuss what winter life was like for the Ancestral Pueblo people.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Winter Plant Identification Hike - at Morefield Campground
Winter months strip many plants of their foliage and make winter identification of these plants difficult. Join botanist Al Schneider and learn how to identify plants in the winter.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Moon Hike - at Morefield Campground
Learn what darkness truly means to both animals and humans and to the future of our planet.
For information on self-guided snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in Mesa Verde National Park, visit this page. Snowshoes are available for loan any time during the winter at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center.