Mesa Verde National Park

National Park Mystery Photo 50 Revealed: An Enigmatic Ruin

The dimpled stones of time-worn walls still hold their secrets.

Three Special Tours Being Offered At Mesa Verde National Park This Summer

A few special tours are on tap at Mesa Verde National Park this summer and early fall, including visits to both the Mug House and Square Tower House ruins.

Birding in the Parks: Not Too Early To Plan To Attend Birding Festivals in the National Park System

Earlier this month, while we were having positively spring-like weather here in the Midwest, I wrote about Snowy Owls, the most iconic of winter birds. Two weeks later, my world is buried under blankets of snow and I’m in the mood to talk about Spring.

Mesa Verde National Park, Hoping To Boost Off-Season Visitation, Waives Entrance Fees Through February

Hoping to boost visitation during the slow winter months, officials at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado are waiving park entrance fees through February.

New Winter Opportunities for Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park

Winter can hold new opportunities for visits to Mesa Verde National Park, if the snowfall cooperates. The park plans to groom several trail systems in the park for snowshoeing and skiing, and parts of the Wetherill Road will also be available for ungroomed skiing.

Special Luminaria To Mark Holidays At Mesa Verde National Park

Flickering shadows dancing on the walls of Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park will help usher in the holidays at the park in southwestern Colorado early next month.

Concessionaire Teams Up With National Park Foundation To Offer End-of-Summer Trips

Trying to figure out how to squeeze in one more national park fix before summer ends? Well, the National Park Foundation and ARAMARK Parks and Destinations are closing out the summer with a “National Park Adventure Sweepstakes” that offers one giveaway each week now through Labor Day.

National Park Road Trip: Mesa Verde and Far View Lodge

Greetings from Far View Lodge in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park. It is early in the season and the park’s campground doesn’t open until later in the week. An added bonus of an early visit is a reduced entrance fee; $10 as opposed to $15 during high season.

Reader Participation Day: Has The National Park Service Been Led Astray By Congress and Become A Catchall Agency?

Earlier this week we had a spirited discussion of whether the National Park Service needs to add a site to honor Cesar Chavez, who orchestrated the farm labor movement in the 1960s. That discussion nips at a larger question: Has Congress led the Park Service astray and turned it into a catchall agency?

National Park Mystery Spot 23 Revealed: Saddam Didn't Build this One

You might very well have needed all the clues to figure this one out.

Four Ranger-Guided Backcountry Hikes Reveal More Of The Wonders At Mesa Verde National Park

For years visitors to Mesa Verde National Park were largely limited to touring cliff dwellings atop Chapin Mesa. Now, however, four ranger-guided hikes have been added to the possibilities of exploring Mesa Verde.

Congress Slashes $101 Million From National Park Service Budget. More To Come?

One-thirteenth of 1 percent of the federal budget gets you funding for the entire National Park System and the agency that oversees it. Yet that miniscule sliver hasn't stopped Congress from eyeing the National Park Service for cuts to help rein-in the federal deficit.

Authorities Looking For Vandals Who Took Potshots At Mesa Verde National Park's Entrance Station

Authorities are searching for the individual or individuals who took potshots at the Entrance Station to Mesa Verde National Park the other day.

The National Park System's Cultural-Historical Wing: America's Story in 10 Chapters

The more than 200 national parks established to preserve nationally significant cultural-historical resources "tell America's story" by interpreting about ten broad themes that increase our awareness and understanding of what American culture is and how it got that way.

Winter Doesn't Mean You Can't Visit Mesa Verde National Park

Just because it's winter doesn't mean there's nothing to see or do at Mesa Verde National Park.

2010 in Review: Traveler's Checklists

This year we posted 16 Traveler's Checklists to help you plan your park visits. Did you miss any? Here's a list with handy links.

$12.1 Million Contract Awarded For Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park

A Colorado company has landed a $12.1 million contract to build a visitor and research center at Mesa Verde National Park, which long has needed a suitable building to house its millions of artifacts.

Exploring Canyonlands And Arches National Parks By RV

Baked by time like some multi-layer geologic tort, Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah features a landscape cut by canyons, rumpled by upthrusts, dimpled by grabens, and even pockmarked, some believe, by asteroids.

New Visitor Center and Museum at Chaco Culture National Historical Park Come With Challenges

Still standing centuries after they were built, the ruins at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northern New Mexico have weathered centuries of storms, winds, and tortuous sun. More recent structures have struggled to stand such a test of time.

Rare Fall Visit to Wetherill Mesa at Mesa Verde National Park is Possible On September 19

Wetherill Mesa is one of two sections of Mesa Verde National Park where roads and trails provide easy access to some of the finest cliff dwellings in the world. Wetherill Mesa is normally open to the public only during the summer season, but the park is reopening the area to visitors for a rare fall visit on Sunday, September 19.

Improvements Made to Mesa Verde National Park Campground

It really is hard to beat sleeping out under the stars in a national park. And recent improvements to the campground at Mesa Verde National Park make that activity even more comfortable.

Traveler's Checklist: Mesa Verde National Park

Situated on the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The park's numerous archeological sites, including renowned Cliff Palace, are some of the most significant and best-preserved in the U.S.

Dining At The Parks: National Park Restaurants Striving To Raise the Culinary Bar

Like to mix food and national parks? Consider these special food attractions at Shenandoah, Mesa Verde, and Olympic national parks.

New Tours Add to the Archaeological Richness of Mesa Verde National Park

News that three additional tours will be available this year at Mesa Verde National Park is great news, for public access to the rich cultural resources in this park long has been restricted to five cliff dwellings.

Three New Guided Hikes at Mesa Verde National Park Offer a Unique Experience for Visitors

Mug House
A visit to Mesa Verde National Park and its famous cliff dwellings has long provided a look at some of the best archeological treasures in the country. Three new guided hikes will offer a much different experience for a limited number of visitors: a chance to get away from the crowds and see some rarely visited sites. Space is limited and sign-up begins April 26.

Researchers Exploring Cave Dwellers From Bandelier National Monument's Long Ago Past

The American Southwest is honeycombed with ruins from long-past civilizations. Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument are well-known for their cliff dwellings, while at Bandelier National Monument the sandstone walls are pocked with "cavates" used as shelter centuries ago.

NPCA: Tell the Obama Administration That Clear Air And Clear Views Across National Parks are Vital

Debate over the country's energy needs, environmental conditions, and the resulting quality of life is not new. It's unending, ongoing, and downright rancorous at times. But does it need to be? With hazy views across spectacular parks in the Southwest, how can we turn that debate into solutions?

Save 25 Percent On Your Next Visit To Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Kurt Repanshek photo
Still wondering which national park to visit this summer? The folks who run the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park hope to entice you there with savings of 25 percent.

Interior Department Wants Transparency, FOIA Process Impedes That Goal

Interior Department officials launched an intriguing web portal the other day, one touted as promoting transparency in government operations. Well, one place Interior officials could create a whole lot of transparency is by adding more staff to handle Freedom of Information Act requests, which currently move at a glacial pace.

Lost in the Boonies? What's Your Most Important Task?

Search dog and handler.
People who find themselves lost in the boonies, whether it's forest, field, desert or other terrain, frequently make the same mistake. If you find yourself unsure which route leads back to civilization, a recent incident at the Buffalo National River offers a clue about your most important task.
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