Winter Activities: Guided Hikes

Winter Ecology Hikes at Mesa Verde National Park, 2017-2018


Winter is a wonderful time to explore Mesa Verde and the region. Come enjoy the outdoors during this special time of year while exploring the local winter ecology with these guided hikes and programs. See below for hike descriptions, dates, and times. Space is limited, so reservations are required, for most programs.

Contact and Reservation Information

  • Mesa Verde National Park (MVNP)
    www.nps.gov/meve
    For reservations, call 970-529-4631
  • San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA)
    www.sjma.org
    For reservations, call either:
    ♦Gabi Morey, 970-759-1170, gabi@sjma.org
    ♦MK Gunn, 970-759-9113, mk@sjma.org


Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

Dress for outdoor winter weather conditions.

 
Separation bar with triangles - black and white
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Starry Night - at Andrews Lake (by SJMA)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Bundle up for the Starry Night Snowshoe Tour to Andrews Lake. We’ll explore Ancient Greek and Native American constellations and then create some of our own. There will also be night time games that play tricks with our eyes. Bring lots of warm clothing, warm boots, hot drinks, binoculars, and a flashlight with a red lens. Snowshoes available upon request.

♦For ages 7 and up accompanied by an adult. Kids carried in packs are allowed.
♦Begins near Andrew Lake. Contact MK at SJMA for directions. (Location subject to change if roads are bad.)
♦Advance reservations required. Contact MK at SJMA.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winterfest! - at Morefield Campground (by MVMA)
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Join us for Winterfest! 2018. The Morefield Campground winter trails will be open for hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing by moonlight! Follow glow sticks to find complementary hot beverages near a friendly campfire. Enjoy an evening of night sky viewing (conditions permitting), storytelling, socializing, and great camaraderie.

♦Open to all ages.
♦No reservations needed.
♦Parking available near the Morefield Store at Morefield campground, 4 miles from the park entrance.
♦Dress for the cold, bring appropriate outdoor gear, and a headlamp or flashlight. Snowshoes available depending on the presence of snow.

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Animal Tracks and Signs - at Morefield Campground (by MVNP)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Learn how to look for and identify animal tracks and sign, and then explore the hillsides around Morefield Campground. Past animal tracks observed in the area include weasels, rabbits, coyotes, and mountain lions.

♦Limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult.
♦Meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, 4 miles from the park entrance.
♦Advance reservations required. Contact MVNP.
♦Park entrance fee of $15.00 per vehicle.

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Become a Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger - at Chicken Creek Cross-Country Area (by SJMA)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Become a Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger during this winter adventure! Discover animal tracks, examine plants, and conduct snow experiments to receive your official Jr. Snow Ranger booklet and badge! Snowshoes provided.

Limited to 20 people. For families with children ages 5 and up.
♦Meet at Chicken Creek Cross-Country area, County Road 40, Mancos. For directions, contact SJMA.
♦Advance reservations requested. Contact Gabi at SJMA.

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plant & Animal Adaptations - at Morefield Campground (by MVNP)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join park staff as they explore the amazing ways animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment of the Four Corners region. The hike will tour the winter habitats of plants and animals in the Morefield Campground.

♦Limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult.
♦Meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, 4 miles from the park entrance.
♦Advance reservations required. Contact MVNP.
♦Park entrance fee of $15.00 per vehicle.

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Winter Hike Along the Petroglyph Point Trail - at Mesa Verde National Park (by MVNP)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Observe winter birds, discover Ancestral Pueblo sites, and explore the topic of climate change during a hike along the Petroglyph Point Trail. Dress warmly, bring water, and be prepared to hike 2.5 miles in winter conditions. Bring a bird field guide and binoculars if you have them.

♦Limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult.
♦Meet at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance.
♦Advance reservations requested. Contact MVNP.
♦Park entrance fee of $15.00 per vehicle.

 

Friday, March 23, 2018

End of Winter Wildflower Walk - at Mesa Verde National Park (by MVNP)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover and learn about early spring wildflowers, how they survive winter, the benefits of blooming early, and their responses to changes in rainfall.

♦Limited to 15 people. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.
♦Advance reservations required. Contact MVNP.
♦Park entrance fee of $15.00 per vehicle.
♦Location to be announced.

 

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.

Last updated: January 5, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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