Wetherill Mesa Bike and Hike Adventure

Mesa Verde National Park Tours

(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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