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Animal and Plant Winter Adaptations

Mesa Verde, CO:   Learn about the winter adaptations of plants and animals in the Four Corners region during a free guided hike on Wednesday, February 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join Mesa Verde park staff as they explore the amazing ways animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment, while examining the winter habitats of Morefield Campground.  The guided hike is free, but advance sign-up is required, and there is a limit of 20 people.   Children should be at least 7 years old to join the hike.  Participants will meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, and then explore the hillsides around the campground. Be prepared to be outdoors for 2 – 3 hours with extra layers of clothing and water.

To sign up for the hike, for weather conditions, and for more information on the hike, please call the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum at 970-529-4631.  The Morefield Campground is located 4 miles from the park entrance.  The park entrance fee is $15.  More information and other upcoming hikes can be found at  For more information about Mesa Verde National Park, please visit our website at