Winter Activities: Guided Hikes

Winter Ecology Hikes at Mesa Verde National Park, 2016-2017

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 and programs. See below for hike descriptions, dates, and times. Or download the printer-friendly (tri-fold) brochure (pdf, 1.3 mb)

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.

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Festival - at Morefield Campground
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Morefield Campground winter trails will be open this evening for snowshoeing and cross country skiing by moonlight! Follow the glow sticks to find complementary hot beverages near a friendly campfire. Enjoy night sky viewing (conditions permitting), and storytelling.

♦Open to all ages.
♦No reservations needed.
♦Parking available at 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.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weathering Winter: Ancestral Pueblo Strategies for Winter - at Mesa Verde National Park
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Discover some of the winter survival strategies used by pueblo people who lived at Mesa Verde. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk approximately 3/4 mile.

♦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 required. Contact MVNP.
♦Park entrance fee of $15.00 per vehicle.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Animal Tracks and Signs - at Morefield Campground
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 18, 2017

Plant & Animal Adaptations - at Morefield Campground
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 24, 2017

End of Winter Wildflower Walk - at Mesa Verde National Park
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

Phone:

(970) 529-4465

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