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Mesa Verde National Park receives a major face-lift, expansive visitor center
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, right, and Tara Travis, museum curator, discuss the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
These woven sandals are among 3 million items that will be moved to the new visitor and research center.
Mesa Verde National Park’s visitor and research center is expected to open in October 2012.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer discusses the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer walks through the construction area of the new visitor and research center.
Mesa Verde National Park visitor and research center currently under construction is taking shape near the entrance to the park.
Mesa Verde National Park Museum Curator Tara Travis examines artifacts in the collections facility of the park. The artifcats will be moved to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, right, and Tara Travis, museum curator, discuss the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, left, and Tara Travis, museum curator, show some artifacts in the current collections facility, known as the “tin barn.”

Old made new

Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, right, and Tara Travis, museum curator, discuss the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
These woven sandals are among 3 million items that will be moved to the new visitor and research center.
Mesa Verde National Park’s visitor and research center is expected to open in October 2012.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer discusses the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer walks through the construction area of the new visitor and research center.
Mesa Verde National Park visitor and research center currently under construction is taking shape near the entrance to the park.
Mesa Verde National Park Museum Curator Tara Travis examines artifacts in the collections facility of the park. The artifcats will be moved to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, right, and Tara Travis, museum curator, discuss the planned move of artifacts from the current collections facility to the visitor and research center currently under construction.
Mesa Verde National Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer, left, and Tara Travis, museum curator, show some artifacts in the current collections facility, known as the “tin barn.”
The superintendent at a glance

Cliff Spencer, a Los Angeles native, became superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park in October 2010.
Before that, he enjoyed a long and varied career in the National Park Service.
“I came up through the Park Service as a law-enforcement officer,” Spencer said. “Those skills – staying calm, quick assessment, relying on experts – that is the basis of good decisions for the park.”
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Spencer has a wife, Beth, and a daughter who attends Durango High School.

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