Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mesa Verde Offers Free Winter Ecology Hike

Mesa Verde Park Rangers will be leading a guided hike exploring the amazing ways that animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment of Mesa Verde National Park. The hike will tour the winter habitats of plants and animals in the Morefield Campground Area on Saturday, January 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is required. Children should be at least 7 years old to join the hike.

Participants will meet at the Morefield Village parking lot located four miles from the park entrance and then explore the area around Morefield Campground, looking for signs of wildlife and observing adaptations of plants and animals in the winter months. Be prepared to be outdoors for 2 – 3 hours with extra layers of clothing, water, and snacks. There is a limit of 20 adults and children. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or you may bring your own. To sign up, for weather conditions, and for more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Museum at 970-529-4631. For more information about Mesa Verde National Park, please visit


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