After a season filled with tragedies and accidents, it is refreshing to write about a promising new development. Mesa Verde National Park has won a grant from the National Park Foundation. The Foundation is granting the park $9,765 through its Active Trails program. The money will go to help create snowshoe and ski trails to some of its more remote ruins, so people can better enjoy the park in the winter. Winter recreation in the park will help attract tourists, spur economic development in southwest Colorado and inject revenue into local economies during the park’s slower months. And it will provide skiers an extraordinary winter experience!

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