In December you'll be able to tour parts of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado the way the ancients did -- by the glow of flickering lights.
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Concerns about the stability of the rock alcove under which Spruce Tree House is located in Mesa Verde National Park have led to a temporary closure of the cliff dwelling to visitors.
Eight individuals from across the country have won a week-long adventure, thanks to the National Park Foundation and support from partners REI, Subaru, Aramark, Columbia Sportswear, Southwest , and the National Park Service.
For nearly a century, a popular story has linked the origins of the National Park Service to the genius of one man. In 1914, Stephen T. Mather, a self-made millionaire in the borax industry, visited Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Finding both of them poorly managed he wrote Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and complained. “Dear Steve,” Lane allegedly replied, “If you don’t like the way the national parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.”
While there are about 600 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Cliff Palace is the most stunning and significant one of all.
While there are a handful of cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park that you can tour, there are more than 600 dwellings in all in the park. Here's a tip on how to visit some of those off the beaten path.
Bicycle rentals might soon be available at Mesa Verde National Park, where officials are seeking a company to rent bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs on Wetherill Mesa.
Fewer ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park will be offered next spring due to the need for preservation work on the massive dwelling.
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.
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.