Mesa Verde National Park

Annual Holiday Open House Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Music, luminarias, and rich history from an ancient culture will be on display December 4 when the staff at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado hosts its annual holiday open house.

Guest Column|Climate Is Changing, And Some Parks Are Endangered, But Humans Aren't The Cause

For those of us who love our national parks and are confronted daily with media, politicians, and pundits warning us of a coming global-warming disaster, it’s only natural to ask what that warming will mean for our national parks. This is exactly what the well- known Union of Concerned Scientists discuss in their recent report, National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the UnitedStates’Most Cherished Historic Sites.

Aramark Holds On To Concessions At Mesa Verde National Park

Aramark Leisure, which has run the concessions at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado for the past 33 years, will continue in that role, with another 10-year contract.

Far View Lodge At Mesa Verde National Park Extends Season

If you're thinking of visiting Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado yet this year, here's some good news: the park's Far View Lodge has extended its season through October 25.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Autumn Park Tours, No. 1, The Road To Ruins

Fall is a season of transition in the National Park System, from long, hot days with crowded roads and trails, to cooler, crisper weather that beckons you to make a few more trips before winter sets in. Here is the first of four suggestions to jump on now, or to add to your to-do list.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Find Your Place In The West At A Dude Ranch Near A National Park

There’s a sense of place in the West. It flows from endless stands of lodgepole pines, glades of aspen tinged gold by the season, horizons that spread the sky wider than you’ve ever noticed. Spend a little time here, and it seeps into you. It’s the distant bugle of a bull elk, a band of pronghorn darting across the open range, the chortling flock of sandhill cranes, southbound, high overhead. They all fill your senses with the West as it’s always been, as it always should be.

Heading To Mesa Verde National Park This Fall? Consider A Backcountry Hike To Ruins

If you're planning a trip to Mesa Verde National Park this fall, one of the things you should consider is signing up for a backcountry hike with rangers to see some ruins that aren't typically seen by park visitors.

Fire Restrictions Spreading In Western National Parks As Hot, Dry Conditions Persist

Mid-summer's arrival in western parts of the National Park System have been accompanied by restrictions on campfires in such parks as Sequoia, Mesa Verde, and Yosemite.

Key Concessions Contracts Up At Yosemite National Park, Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The coming months could tell whether Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts are both still in an acquisition mode, or will look to stand pat, as concessions opportunities are weighed in Yosemite National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mesa Verde National Park Working On Plan For Better Managing Visitors

Spread out on the fingers of mesas, with visitation greatly restricted, Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado can be a conjested place at times of peak visitation. Knowing that, park officials are embarking on a plan to better handle visitor distribution and transportation in the park.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From The Needles District In Canyonlands National Park

It’s hot here. Welcome to the beginning of summer in the Southwest. Two days ago it was raining and near freezing and I was complaining about it at Mesa Verde and now it’s sweat time. But those rains have turned the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park into a veritable flower garden. Everywhere I look there are blooms.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is an old friend. I’ve been here many times. But I still have lots more to see. It’s one of those places where you could spend a lifetime and still miss some of it.

Climate Change Poses Risks Of Flooding, Erosion, And Fires To National Park Units And Their Treasures

Treasures of history, culture, and natural beauty contained within the National Park System are increasingly at risk to the perils of climate change, with flooding and wildfire likely to sweep numerous park sites across the country, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

National Park Sessions: Reflections Of My Soul

In this episode of the National Park Sessions, The Giving Tree Band sets up in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado to play Reflections of My Soul.

Researchers Say Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Reservoir Wasn't For Water

Was "Mummy Lake," now known as Far View Reservoir, really an ancient Anasazi reservoir? Not according to new research, which claims the 12-foot deep circular brick structure instead was created for ceremonial purposes.

Special Tours At Mesa Verde National Park On This Summer's Schedule

There are many wonderful cliff dwellings to see at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and this summer you'll be able to view some not normally open to the public.

National Park Service Staffers Warned Not To 'Toke Up' In Washington State Or Colorado

Dude, if you value your National Park Service job, don't toke up, not even in Washington state or Colorado, where the adults 21 and older can light up legally.

Time To Apply For Artist-In-Residence Program At Mesa Verde National Park

Do you have some artistic flare? A unique way for interpreting what you see? Then you might want to apply for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence program.

"Ecology Walk" Scheduled For Saturday At Mesa Verde National Park

Looking for an invigorating walk at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado? On January 11 rangers will lead an "ecology walk" to point out the ways animals and plants survive the winter months.

NPS Releases Concession Prospectus For Mesa Verde National Park

The National Park Service recently released a prospectus for concession operations at Mesa Verde National Park that for the last 32 years have been managed by ARAMARK.

Seasonal Rangers Who Said They Lost Jobs For Blowing The Whistle Win Their Case

Bruce and Sara Schundler, who alleged they lost their seasonal jobs as rangers at Mesa Verde National Park for bringing attention to suspect spending by the park's superintendent, have been vindicated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

Essential Park Guide, Winter: Painting The Parks, Driven By Nature's Beauty

Outdoors, in the majesty of the national parks, masterpieces are created by artists drawn to nature's beauty.

Holiday Open House At Mesa Verde National Park Set For December 5

The soft glow of luminarias will guide visitors through some of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park on December 5 when the park holds its Holiday Open House.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Winter Event/Activity In The National Park System?

Visit Mesa Verde National Park in December and you can experience cliff dwellings by the soft glow of luminarias. Head to Yosemite National Park later in the month and you can feast at The Ahwahnee. But what other winter events are there that interest you?

Special Backcountry Hikes Coming To Mesa Verde National Park This Fall

This fall you have a chance to see some parts of Mesa Verde National Park that aren't normally accessible to park visitors. But you have to be in shape.

"Blueprint" Calls For Balance Between Resource Development, Recreation, And The Environment On Public Lands

Is the country’s approach to public lands management balanced, or is it skewed toward resource development at the expense of the environment and recreation? A coalition of conservation groups believes it is skewed, and wants the Obama administration, and Congress, to provide that missing balance.

Photography In The National Parks: Mesa Verde Light And Shadow

That park photograph that didn't come out as perfect as you had hoped might be saved through a little magic with editing software.

Around The Parks: Fire Update, Mesa Verde SAR, Tribal National Park

Crews were gaining the upper hand Monday on a fire at Rocky Mountain National Park, while teams were dispatched to battle a backcountry blaze at Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, a search for a missing visitor at Mesa Verde National Park was scaled back, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe was moving closer to managing the southern half of Badlands National Park.

Dining In The Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Seared ahi tuna with pickled watermelon and a splash of chipotle lime vinaigrette. Scottish salmon tostadas. Bison ribeye. Fish tacos with sustainably sourced seabass. These are some of the entrées you can find in national parks these days, and they’re not the result of the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative and its food guidelines for concessionaires.

Man Still Missing At Mesa Verde National Park

Searchers have had no luck in their hunt for a man gone missing at Mesa Verde National Park earlier this week.
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