Mesa Verde to offer free hike

Rangers at Mesa Verde National Park will offer a guided hike looking at how animals and plants survive the park’s winter environment. Enlargephoto

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Rangers at Mesa Verde National Park will offer a guided hike looking at how animals and plants survive the park’s winter environment.

Park rangers plan to lead a guided hike exploring the ways that animals and plants survive in the winter environment of Mesa Verde National Park.

The hike will tour the winter habitats of plants and animals in the Morefield Campground Area on Saturday, Jan. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is required. Children should be at least 7 years old to join the hike.

Participants will meet at the Morefield Campground, looking for signs of wildlife and observing adaptations of plants and animals. Be prepared to be outdoors for two to three hours, and wear extra layers of clothing and bring water and snacks.

There is a limit of 20 adults and children. If needed, snowshoes will be provided, or you may bring your own.

To sign up, for weather conditions and for more information, call the Chapin Mesa Museum at (970) 529-4631. For information about Mesa Verde National Park, visit www.nps.gov/meve.