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.


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