Preserving the “Works of Man”

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.


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2016 Park Schedule

Mesa Verde is open year-round, but some areas are seasonal. To make the most out of your trip, see what will be available at the time of your visit.

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Entrance plaza at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center.

Get Oriented!

Don't forget to stop in at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center near the park entrance, for park orientation... and more

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Winter Activities

Winter is a magical time to visit Mesa Verde. It offers wonderful opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country (nordic) skiing snow covered trails.

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Photographer/Archeologist in Cliff Palace

Preserving Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace plays an important role in helping us learn about and experience the past. Discover what it takes to preserve this ancient, iconic place.

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Spring & Fall Educational Tours of Balcony House

Mesa Verde offers 90 minute tours of the cliff dwelling, Balcony House, specifically geared for school groups (3rd to 12th grade).

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Follow Us!

Stay connected and learn what's happening in Mesa Verde National Park. Visit our new Facebook page.

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Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA)

MVMA is a cooperating association and partner of Mesa Verde National Park that provides educational and interpretive material to park visitors.

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The Mesa Verde Foundation (MVF)

MVF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Mesa Verde National park, including the new Visitor & Research Center opening in late 2012.

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