Mesa Verde hosting winter survival hike

Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park was covered in snow in winter 2014. Enlargephoto

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Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park was covered in snow in winter 2014.

Rangers at Mesa Verde National Park will be leading a guided hike focusing on winter survival strategies used by the Ancestral Puebloan people at the park on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.

The guided hike is free, but advance signup is required. Children should be age 7 or older to join the hike.

Participants will meet at the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, and then take part in a guided walk of about .75 mile. Hikers should be prepared for a 2–3 hour walk, and should bring extra layers of clothing and water. There is a limit of 20 people.

To sign up for the hike, for weather conditions, and for more information on the hike, call the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum at 970-529-4631. The museum is about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance.

More information and other upcoming hikes can be found at http://go.nps.gov/mvwgh.

For more information about Mesa Verde National Park, visit www.nps.gov/meve.