Mesa Verde has winter fun festival

Everyone is invited to participate in the first ever, all ages three-mile Nordic Fun Race on the Meadow Bliss Trail on Saturday, Feb. 23. Classic skiers and skate skiers are welcome. Come out and enjoy some lighthearted competition in the Morefield Campground area. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the race will begin at 11 a.m. There will be random prize drawings with prizes donated by the Mesa Verde Museum Association, Slavens Hardware, and Osprey Packs.

During and after the race, join a park ranger for a hands-on primitive skills demonstration including: bow drill fire starting, atlatl usage, and yucca cord making. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during and after the race.

This is also a great opportunity to explore Mesa Verde's Morefield Campground and Meadow Bliss Trails in the moonlight. Trails will be open for self-guided skiing or snowshoeing from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Complimentary hot beverages and cookies will be provided.

Parking for the events will be at the winter activities parking lot in the Morefield Campground Village, just four miles past the park's entrance station.

A limited number of adult and child snowshoes will be available for checkout during the events. Activities are subject to cancellation due to weather or road conditions. Please call 970-529-4461 for more information.

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