Mesa Verde offers free winter ecology hike

Park Rangers will be leading a guided hike on plant and animal winter adaptations at Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. The guided hike is free, but reservations are required. There is a limit of 20 people. Children must be at least 7 years old to join the hike.

Participants will meet at the Morefield Campground, and then explore the hillsides around the 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. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or hikers can bring their own.

For reservations, weather conditions, and more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Museum at 970-529-4631. For more information about Mesa Verde National Park, go to