Enjoy a trip to backcountry of Mesa Verde National Park
Take a hike through pre-history.
Mesa Verde National Park again this year is offering a series of ranger-guided hikes to backcountry sites rarely seen by the general public. The hikes vary from easy to difficult and are by pre-registration only.
Individual hikes cost $18-$40, depending on the length.
The hikes include a new four-hour hike into Upper Navajo Canyon, a four-hour hike through Wetherill Mesa and an all-day, eight-hour trip to Spring House, the largest unexcavated cliff dwelling in the park.
The hikes offer an in-depth introduction to the story of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the environment in which they lived, and the ecology of the pinyon-juniper woodlands.
WHAT — Ranger-led hikes in Mesa Verde National Park
WHEN — September to early October
WHERE — Hikes go to Upper Navajo Canyon, Wetherill Mesa and to the unexcavated Spring House site
HOW — Tickets are limited and must be purchased online at http://www.recreation.gov or at 1-877-444-6777.