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Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour - private group

nature walk

Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour - private group

14 reviews
Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
nature walk

Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour - private group

nature walk

Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour - private group

14 reviews
Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Watch the sun rise with views of the iconic plateau of Mesa Verde National Park. (Please note this tour is NOT physically in Mesa Verde NP, but at a nature preserve in the nearby town of Cortez, Colorado.) During Covid-19 pandemic this tour is for PRIVATE GROUPS only. Only groups traveling together will be booked together. The trail is usually empty aside from our group & maybe 1 or 2 dog-walkers. Social distancing is easily maintained on the trail. I will bring my own mask to wear on our walk, all food is prepackaged & handled with gloves. If you are uncomfortable with coffee or food, price can be discounted $5. We will meet at Hawkins Nature Preserve. I will send detailed directions before, but Hawkins is located on the southern edge of Cortez off Verde Vu Drive & Cedar Street. We will walk about 0.5 miles to Patrick's Point, we may stop along the way to discuss various plants & geological features. At Patrick's Point we will have coffee, tea and/or hot chocolate and LOCAL scones or donuts. We will watch the sunrise at the canyon edge and take pictures of the La Plata Mountains & Mesa Verde National Park. After sunrise we will continue our walk, discussing the culture, history, geology and ecology of Southwest Colorado along the way. We will stop at a 1,000+ year old ruin and talk about the Ancient Pueblo people of this area. In all the walk is less 2.5 miles with stops.

Helen's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

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Learn more about Helen

Helen

During the school year I teach high school music in Shiprock, New Mexico on the Northern Navajo reservation. In the summers, I run a small tour business in my hometown of Cortez, Colorado. I've been guiding tours since my summer breaks when I was in high school. I live in Cortez with my cat and enjoying hiking, mountain biking and paddle boarding all around the Four Corners. I love to work with people and share my passion and knowledge for this area!

What's included

Food
I get our breakfast snacks from a local bakery in Cortez called the PieMaker. On weekends we have SPUDNUTS, during the week…
Drinks
Choose from coffee, tea or hot chocolate. (Traveling with a group that likes the all - we can do that!)

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Where you'll be

Hawkins Nature Preserve is a 122-acre preserve on the southern side of Cortez. Access is FREE and open to the public, but it can be difficult for new comers to find the perfect sunrise watching spot. After you've visited Hawkins, it's easy to come back to explore the area and walk along the other trails. *This tour is NOT in Mesa Verde NP, but has greats views of the Mesa and surrounding mountain ranges.

Availability


Save 20% when you book 2 weeks in advance. 

Activity advisory

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

More tips

If you need to move the date/time, just let me know! If you're running late, text 970-739-0625. The walk isn't difficult (it's a little uneven), & we can modify as needed - there's an accessible trail

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Mesa Verde Sunrise Tour - private group
14 reviews
From £17/person
14 reviews
From £17/person