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Spring House 2011

Mesa Verde Institute

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Spring House 2011

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Spring House - Mesa Verde National Park

Spring House is not the only dwelling you will see during this day-long hike.  Hikers will have stunning views of Buzzard House, Teakettle House, Daniel’s House, as well as other archeological sites perched in the sandstone recesses of Navajo and Wickiup Canyons.

This very strenuous, 8-hour, 8-mile (12.9 km) hike along an unpaved, uneven trail has a total elevation change of 1,500 ft (457 m), and includes steep drop-offs and switchbacks.

Price: $40.00 per person

September 2 to October 14, 2011
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:00 am

~ Meet at the Chapin Mesa Archeoligical Museum by 8:00 am
~ Tour is limited to 14 people
~ Bring your own lunch and snacks for this day long hike.

For your convenience Grab-and-Go lunches, snacks and bottled water are available at Far View Terrace, Far View Lodge and Morefield Camp Store.

Trail Conditions
The trails are at 7,000 ft (2134 m) elevation, uneven, unpaved, and most include steps and ladders. Many traverse narrow paths along cliff edges and move through tight passages.

Your Health
Consider your physical health before joining a hike. Hiking is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory history, or other physical difficulties.

Carry and drink plenty of water. Two quarts are mandatory for each hiker.

What to Bring
Sturdy footwear is required. Sunscreen, snacks, a small first-aid kit and rain gear are suggested. A camera and binoculars will make the hike more enjoyable.

Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty. Children in backpacks are not allowed due to the danger overhanging branches, uneven terrain, and footing obscured by vegetation.

Rain or Shine
The weather is variable. It’s possible to begin in full sun and end with a thunderstorm. Plan for all weather conditions.

Your safety depends on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention. Don’t ruin your vacation by having an accident. Your safety is your responsibility.

*If you arrive unprepared, the Ranger has the authority to turn you away with no refund.*

We will follow “Leave No Trace/Pack it in, Pack it out” policy.

Tickets are non-refundable.  Refunds will only be given if the hike is cancelled by the National Park Service.

Have questions about Spring House 2011? Contact Mesa Verde Institute


Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

Mesa Verde National Park, 81330

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Mesa Verde Institute

Inaugurated on the park’s centennial anniversary in 2006, the Institute was established to offer visitors an expanded and in-depth experience at Mesa Verde National Park. Through weeklong seminars, day workshops, educational hikes, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages may engage in enhanced educational and interpretive opportunities and gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners region.

These opportunities share the message that a sustained and thoughtful stewardship ethic is essential to preserving and protecting cultural and natural resources. In this spirit, the Institute is dedicated to sharing Mesa Verde with the world.

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