Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is the park open?
A. Mesa Verde National Park is open year round. The Operating Hours & Seasons page gives you more detailed seasonal information and park schedules.

Q. When is Wetherill Mesa open?
A. Wetherill Mesa, known as the quieter side of Mesa Verde, is open every summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. This is the busiest time of the year when the park is fully staffed and is able to offer its widest array of visitor opportunities. After Labor Day, Wetherill Mesa is closed as seasonal staffing is reduced and shifted to Chapin Mesa to continue tours of Balcony House and Cliff Palace, and keep Spruce Tree House open longer into the fall. Click on Operating Hours & Seasons for information on what will be available during your visit. (Please note that the Wetherill Mesa Road is restricted to vehicles less than 8,000 lbs GVW and less than 25-ft in length.)

Wetherill Mesa may have special openings in the spring or fall such as the "Bike and Hike" day. These special events will be advertised in the Park News section of the website.

Q. Does the campground take reservations?
A. Reservations are accepted for camp sites. Morefield Campground is located inside the park and operated by ARAMARK.

Q. What lodging is available in the area?
A. Far View Lodge, located inside the park and operated by ARAMARK, has rooms available from mid-April through mid-October. For further information and/or reservations for the lodge can be made by calling (800) 449-2288 or (970) 529-4421. Lodging is also widely available through the Cortez, Mancos, Dolores, and Durango areas. Click on the Mesa Verde Country® website for more information.

Q. What dining facilities are available in the park?
A. Spruce Tree Terrace, across from the Chapin Mesa Museum, is open daily (only closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day.) Sandwiches, salads, burgers and specials are offered. Far View Terrace is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. mid-April through mid-October. The Terrace is a full service cafeteria offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Metate Room, at the Far View Lodge, is open for fine dining (casual dress) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The dining facilities are operated by ARAMARK.

Q. Are pets allowed in the park?
A. Pets are allowed in the park on a very limited basis. They are allowed in parking lots and in the campground only and must be under your physical control at all times. Pets should not be left alone or in vehicles. They are NOT allowed in archaeological sites or on any of the park trails. There are no kenneling facilities available in the park, but there are some available in Cortez and Durango. For more information, go to the Pets Page.

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