(This tour is not available in 2020)
This 4.5 hour, 9-mile (14.5 km) adventure is for those seeking an in-depth Mesa Verde experience with a ranger. A bicycle is required for this tour. Bring your own bike or call (970) 529-4631 or visit http://go.nps.gov/bchikes for information on local bicycle shops that have rentals available. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots; bring snacks and a minimum of 1/2 gallon (1.8 liters) of water per person. Shade is very limited, so bring a hat and sunscreen.
With a ranger, youll bike to several mesa top archeological sites, walk to others, and hike 3 miles (4.8 km) round trip through the pinyon-juniper woodlands for cliff edge views of two intriguing cliff dwellings, Nordenskold #12 and Double House. Bring binoculars to look for rock art! The group will then bike to the Long House trailhead and take a .75 mile (1.2 km) round-trip tour of this Wetherill Mesa gem. The tour concludes at this point and you are free to continue exploring on your own or bike back to the parking lot with the ranger for a well-deserved rest!
Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike Adventure is available May 30th, 2018 to September 5th, 2018 on Wednesdays. The hike departs from the Wetherill Mesa parking lot. Meet the ranger at the picnic shelter by the restrooms at least 15 minutes advance. Total distance from the park entrance is 27 miles (43 km). Allow an hour and 15 minutes travel time from the park entrance. The group will leave promptly at 9:30 am.
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Consider your physical health before joining a hike. Hiking and biking is not recommended for those with heart and respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134 m and 2286 m) above sea level. Weather conditions are quite variable. It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm. Plan for all weather conditions. Bring a minimum of 1/2 gallon (1.8 liters) of water per person. Consider bringing binoculars. This hike is appropriate for well-prepared adventurers who can do about five miles of moderate biking and four miles of moderate hiking. There is no age restriction, but please consider your child's endurance level.