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PHOENIX – Sept. 8, 2015 –With summer drawing to a close, and fall just around the corner, Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park has decided to extend their regular season through Oct. 24, 2015 to offer visitors more opportunity to experience the beauty of fall and to explore the area with fewer people and cooler weather.

“Fall is the perfect time to visit Mesa Verde National Park,” said Jeffrey Sumner, general manager of Far View Lodge. “The scenery and colors at the park during the fall is unparalleled, so it only made sense to extend our season to allow more visitors to enjoy all that it has to offer. Smaller crowds combined with milder weather and fall colors make for an extremely memorable visit.”

Mesa Verde National Park, located in Southwest Colorado, is known for its rich history and outdoor adventure, including over 600 cliff dwellings and a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. In addition to tours of the major archaeological and cultural sites, Far View Lodge and Mesa Verde offer visitors a spectacular array of fall colors in a very distinctive setting of oak brush, cottonwoods and aspens. October is also the perfect time of year to visit in order to avoid the summer crowds at Mesa Verde and fall crowds that flock to Aspen and Durango.

Besides the park’s beautiful trails and archeological tours, another way to experience the area is to take one of the many picturesque drives. San Juan Skyway, a 233-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains, is part of Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byway System and only 16 miles from the Park and Far View Lodge. Additionally, Trail of the Ancients, America’s only National Scenic Byway dedicated solely to archaeology, highlights the archaeological and cultural history of southwestern Native American peoples.

Far View Lodge, an ideal lodging destination inside Mesa Verde National Park offers traditional western décor, fantastic views and superior hospitality and dining options. Aside from the solitude and privacy the Lodge provides, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife watching and stargazing from the their own balcony through Oct. 24, 2015. Metate Room, the award-winning restaurant at Far View Lodge serving native cuisine, will also stay open during that time. The tent sites at Morefield Campground will remain open through October 18, 2015 for those looking to connect with nature.

About Aramark Mesa Verde
Lodging, dining, retail and guided bus tours within Mesa Verde National Park are operated by Aramark Mesa Verde, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service. Lodging options include comfortable rooms at Far View Lodge and 267 campsites at Morefield Campground. Dining options range from the award winning fine dining of the Metate Room to the more casual cafés at Spruce Tree Terrace and Far View Terrace. Aramark Mesa Verde also operates half day guided bus tours, which may be reserved in advance, of the park’s archeological sites, which include a walking tour of Cliff Palace. Learn more at www.visitmesaverde.com, facebook.com/mesaverde or (800) 449-2288.

About Mesa Verde National Park
Named "The Number One Historic Monument in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, "One of 50 Places to Visit in a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and a "Top 10 Fodor's Destination," Mesa Verde National Park was established by Congress on June 29, 1906, to preserve from injury or spoliation the ruins and other works and relics of prehistoric humans. Mesa Verde is one of only 21 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the United States.

About Aramark Leisure
Aramark Leisure, a division of Aramark, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, conference centers, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, Aramark enhances the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational and interpretive programs. For more information, visit www.aramark.com or follow us on Twitter @TravelAramark.