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Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
There are nine more reasons to enjoy Mesa Verde National National Park! The park will offer free admission on nine days in 2015.
The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:
* January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
* February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
* April 18-19: National Park Week's opening weekend
* August 25: National Park Service's 99th birthday
* September 26: National Public Lands Day
* November 11: Veterans Day
"Fee-free days offer a wonderful time for new visitors to become familiar with the park and for return visitors to reacquaint themselves," said Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity."
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
The entrance fee waiver does not cover camping or tours.
Last year, Mesa Verde National Park had more than 460,000 visitors. Those visitors spent $45.09 million local communities which helped to support 617 jobs.
Other Federal land management agencies that will offer their own fee-free days in 2015 are: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. Please contact each agency for dates and details.
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs. These passes provide access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, grasslands, and other federal lands. Four passes are available:
* free annual pass to current military members and their dependents
* free lifetime pass to U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities
* $10 lifetime senior pass for U.S. citizens aged 62 and over
* $80 annual pass for the general public