Mesa Verde National Park Bike Tour Register

Date and Time:
Tue, Sep 27, 2022; 9:30 AM (Local Time) - Wed, Sep 28, 2022  3:00 PM  (Local Time)

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09/27/2022 9:30 AM 09/28/2022 3:00 PM
Mesa Verde National Park Bike Tour

On Tuesday, September 27 participants will tour the remote Wetherill Mesa complex of spectacular Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings such as Long House, Step House and many more. This area at Mesa Verde was once accessed only by guided tours and overlooked by most visitors, but in recent years has been opened to all. The paved path that we will take was used by a trolley for those tours. The paved loop is 5 miles long with @ 200 ft. of elevation. We will stop at several sites that will require hikes to overviews of cliff dwellings and mesa top ruins, all of which are less that 1/4 mile from the paved path. Bike racks are available at most of these sites so bring bike locks. On Wednesday, September 28 we will tour the Chapin Mesa ruins loop. This tour will take us to Cliff Palace and many other well-known sites and will cover @ 12 miles with 500 feet of elevation. This time of year should find the oaks at Mesa Verde dressed out in their autumn array of reds, golds, yellows and rusts. The weather should be in the 60s-70s. Camping in Mesa Verde National Park is available at Morefield Campground. Lodging in the Park is available at Farview. Check the Mesa Verde National Park website for reservation information. Camping and lodging outside the Park can be secured in Cortez, Mancos or Durango , CO. Because the one-way traffic on the Chapin Mesa Loops can be steady the group will be limited to 13 registrants plus the leader and sweeper. Sponsored by the Military Outdoors Program and all are welcome.

Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, CO, USA

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37.23087300,-108.46183300 Hart Pierce shpierce@q.com MM/DD/yyyy amOUuwqNAzpGSXwtHmnd12740

Organized By: Northern New Mexico Group

Location: Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, CO, USA

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Event Organizers:
Hart Pierce
   shpierce@q.com
   (505) 320-1055

On Tuesday, September 27 participants will tour the remote Wetherill Mesa complex of spectacular Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings such as Long House, Step House and many more.  This area at Mesa Verde was once accessed only by guided tours and overlooked by most visitors, but in recent years has been opened to all.  The paved path that we will take was used by a trolley for those tours.  The paved loop is 5 miles long with @ 200 ft. of elevation.  We will stop at several sites that will require hikes to overviews of cliff dwellings and mesa top ruins, all of which are less that 1/4 mile from the paved path.  Bike racks are available at most of these sites so bring bike locks.  On Wednesday, September 28 we will tour the Chapin Mesa ruins loop.  This tour will take us to Cliff Palace and many other well-known sites and will cover @ 12 miles with 500 feet of elevation.  This time of year should find the oaks at Mesa Verde dressed out in their autumn array of reds, golds, yellows and rusts.  The weather should be in the 60s-70s.  Camping in Mesa Verde National Park is available at Morefield Campground.  Lodging in the Park is available at Farview.  Check the Mesa Verde National Park website for reservation information.  Camping and lodging outside the Park can be secured in Cortez, Mancos or Durango , CO.   Because the one-way traffic on the Chapin Mesa Loops can be steady the group will be limited to 13 registrants plus the leader and sweeper.

Level: Moderate(Moderate-Stenuous)

Cost: Mesa Verde National Park has a $20/vehicle entry fee. Check the rec.gov website for updates or changes in the fee schedule.

Signup Instructions: Registration MUST be completed at riograndesierraclub.org/calendar. Meetup RSVPs are not recognized as registrations.

Bring: A list of recommended equipment and apparel will be sent to all registrants well in advance of the outing vial email.

Signup Restrictions: No minors under 18. No pets. Must be in proper physical condition to participate at mileages described an at an altitude of 8,000 ft. Registration will be limited to 13 cyclists.

Additional Directions: Mesa Verde National Park is located in Southwestern Colorado. The park entrance and main visitor center are located just off US 160 between Mancos and Cortez.

Carpool: Carpooling is the responsibility of drivers and passengers. The outing leader will have no responsibility in carpooling arrangements.

Note: Carpool transportation is at the sole risk of the participants.

Cancellation Policy: Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather

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