MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO
Wetherill Mesa ExperienceNatural and Cultural Hike
4 hr. 00 min.
Expansive canyon views, spectacular glimpses of cliff dwellings and Wetherill Mesa in the autumn reward hikers on this hike. We will introduce you to the story of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the environment in which they lived, and the ecology of the pinyon-juniper woodlands.
Know Before You Go
Consider your physical health before joining a hike, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134m and 2286m) above sea level. You should plan for all weather possibilities because weather conditions are quite variable. It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm or snowstorm.
From the park entrance, drive 15 miles (24km) to the Far View Terrace Restaurant parking lot. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Restaurant parking lot at 8:45 am. Drive time from park entrance is 45 minutes. You will caravan with a ranger through a locked gate at 9:00 am, then drive in the caravan to the trailhead. There is a one-hour drive from the meeting site to the trailhead. The actual hiking tour time is four hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is a one hour drive back after the tour's completion from the trailhead to the original meeting site. Drive times include bathroom stops.
Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.