Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde’s New Guided Tours Offer a “Ticket to the Past”

March 22, 2010, 12:29 pm

Millions of visitors travel to Mesa Verde National Park each year to explore the world-renowned cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde’s new and improved guided tours offer unique insight into the Ancestral Puebloan people and their transformation from hunter-gatherers to a culture known for agriculture, intricate artistry, and architecture.
 
The new “Classic Pueblo” afternoon tour provides ranger-guided interpretation and insight into the archaeology and culture of the Ancestral Puebloans. The three-hour tour includes visits to Triple Cities, Square Tower overlook, Sun Point, Sun Temple and a walking tour of Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Priced at $35 for adults and $17.50 for children 11 years old and younger, the tour is available April 23 – Oct. 20, 2010, departing daily from Far View Lodge at Far View Terrace at 1 p.m.
 
The new five-hour “Far View Explorer” tour includes a light boxed lunch with trips to popular Far View sites, which span south from the Far View Lodge and include a visit to the archeological museum and Spruce Tree House in the Chapin Mesa area. Guests will enjoy overlooks along the Mesa Top loop before returning to Morefield Campground, where the tours depart daily at 8:30 a.m. Priced at $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 11 years old and younger, the tour is available May 12 – Oct. 12, 2010.
 
Previously known as the half-day morning tour, the “700 years” tour allows guests to learn from historical experts and gain insight into the heritage of Mesa Verde National Park. Guests explore sites that represent the Ancestral Puebloan people from 600 AD to 1300 AD. Comfortable couches transport guests during this four-hour tour to Chapin Mesa and Cliff Palace, with short walks on simple trails. Priced at $45 for adults and $34 for children 11 years old and under, the tour is available April 23 – Oct. 20, 2010, departing daily from the Far View Lodge, with pick-up at the Far View Terrace at 8 a.m.
 
“As a World Heritage Site, exploring Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the new, interpretive tours are perfect for the entire family,” said Judith Swain, director of sales and marketing, ARAMARK Mesa Verde. “As we remain committed to preserving the heritage of the southwestern region, we invite our guests to enjoy special spring savings at the Far View Lodge while discovering the history of Mesa Verde from our brilliant experts.”
 
For more information on Far View Lodge, the new tours or the Spring into Mesa Verde package, please visit visitmesaverde.com.