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The Mesa Verde Foundation strives to provide exciting and educational experience through our tours and events. Tours provide those seeking deeper experiences at Mesa Verde National Park and the greater Ancestral Puebloan region with in-depth experiences. Our events provide ways for people to engage further with the Foundation in communities throughout the Four Corners region.

"Conversations from the Mesa" Webinar Series

A Postcard Perspective on the History of Mesa Verde National Park

Wednesday, May 12th at 4:00pm MST

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College, Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member

Moderator: Monica Buckle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member

Join the Mesa Verde Foundation on Wednesday, May 12th, for its next webinar, an exceptional virtual event with Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member. Using historical research and rare historic postcards, Dr. Gulliford will present a visual history and slide lecture overview of Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site and the first national park set aside to protect ancient Indigenous architecture and Native American prehistory. Gulliford will also discuss ongoing research and Mesa Verde tourism.

Dr. Gulliford’s popular courses at Fort Lewis include:  wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. Dr. Gulliford has led tours throughout the American West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Great Old Broads for Wilderness, History Colorado, Canyon Country Discovery Center, and the San Juan Mountains Association, as well as the Mesa Verde Foundation.

This October 8th – 11th, Dr. Gulliford, together with Christopher Lewis, a basket weaver and artisan of the Zuni Pueblo, will be leading a Foundation-sponsored four-day exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mesa Verde National Park.

Dr. Gulliford has written many books. The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes (Texas A&M University Press, 2018) won the 2019 Colorado Book award, and was chosen as the Outstanding Nonfiction category winner for the 2019 Western Heritage Awards, sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

He is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. He edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His book Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology won two Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards in 2014 for nature/environment book and best book about Arizona. Outdoors in the Southwest also won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best book in the Anthology category.

Dr. Gulliford received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education, and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.” For a decade he held a federal appointment to the Southwest Colorado Resources Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management. He also served on Colorado’s State Review Board for the state and historical registers of historic places. In 2016, he was one of two senior fellows awarded the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency at Tres Piedras, New Mexico to research and write in the bungalow Aldo Leopold built for his wife in 1912 in the Carson National Forest.

Gulliford edited The Last Stand of the Pack: A Critical Edition, published by the University Press of Colorado. He writes columns about the Southwest for the Durango Herald, the Cortez Journal, and the San Juan Record (Monticello, Utah), and has appeared in “The Colorado Experience” television series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS. He has also appeared in films about the Cattle and Sheep Wars; the Press of the West; Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell; and the Strater Hotel.

The webinar will be moderated by Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member, Monica Buckle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma).

Click HERE to sign up!

“Conversations from the Mesa” Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, June 9th, 4pm MST – Mesa Verde National Park Museum Collections and Curation with Dr. Tara Travis of Mesa Verde National Park

Wednesday, July 14th, 4pm MST – How Park Archeologists Assess and Treat Fire-Affected Cultural Resouces in Mesa Verde National Park with Christine McAllister of Mesa Verde National Park

Sign up links will be posted on the website and sent out via email typically two weeks before the webinar.

2021 Fall Tour

October 8-11, 2021

Join leaders Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College, and Christopher Lewis , expert basket weaver and artisan of the Zuni Pueblo, for a four-day tour of Mesa Verde National Park.

Mesa Verde, one of 12 original UNESCO World Heritage sites, is home to thousands of ancient artifacts of Ancestral Puebloan tribes. During these four days, you will visit several cliff dwellings, and learn the history of Ancestral Puebloans who lived at Mesa Verde. The event includes guided tours of some of Mesa Verde’s most iconic sites, lodging (based on double-occupancy), six meals, an exclusive reception at the Superintendent’s home in the Park, and a private viewing of items from the museum’s collection with Dr. Tara Travis.

The Mesa Verde Foundation is thrilled to offer this incredible behind-the-scenes, in-depth experience which includes:

  •  Guided hikes to Long House and Spring House.
  • A chance to experience the Park and its beauty with acclaimed author and historian of the American West, Dr. Andy Gulliford, and descendant of Ancestral Puebloan peo-ple, Christopher J. Lewis.
  • A wine and cheese reception with the MVNP Superintendent at the Superinten-dent’s historic residence, built in 1921 with commanding views of Spruce Tree House.
  • A private viewing of artifacts from the Park’s museum collections with Dr. Tara Travis.
  • A basket making demonstration with expert weaver Christopher Lewis.
  • Presentation and documentary viewing with Dr. Laurie Webster, Southwest Archaeologist and perishables expert.
  • Unlimited opportunities to ask questions and hear different perspectives.

$1,200 : Nonmember / $1,100: MVF Fellow
$65 per night single supplement
50% deposit required to register

To register and for more information, contact Mesa Verde Foundation at 303-321-3120 or

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