Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
AT THE PARK
Junior Ranger Program
Children from age 4 to 12 can become a Junior Ranger at Mesa Verde. Just pick up an activity booklet at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center or the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the park, complete the activities, and take the booklet to any park information center for review. A special Mesa Verde Junior Ranger badge is awarded for a job well done.
Junior Ranger Station
Visit the Mesa Verde Junior Ranger Station at the Chapin Mesa Museum for some extra Junior Ranger fun. Learn more about the Ancestral Pueblo people with kid-friendly hands-on activities. This is a great place to be sworn in as a Mesa Verde Junior Ranger and receive your badge. Open June 12 to August 16, 2014, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (earlier when staffing allows).
Discovering Morefield Campground
Camping is a wonderful time to discover the natural side of Mesa Verde. For a fun, family-oriented way to explore your natural surroundings, pick up a Junior Naturalist Activity Booklet and check-out a Discovery Pack filled with kid-friendly field guides, binoculars, hand lens, Native American storybook, and a "My Mesa Verde Memories" logbook. Available for free check-out at the Morefield Campground Ranger Station from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm through September 1, 2014.
Hey Kids! Want to try out some activities you can do right at home? Just follow this Park Fun link, print your favorite activity pages, and have fun as you learn about Ancestral Puebloan Life at Mesa Verde!
Kids of all ages can learn more about Mesa Verde National Park at home. Do you want to know more about Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings, see artifacts left by the Ancestral Puebloans, or discover the types of wildlife found at Mesa Verde? Then click on the links below.
• Ancestral Puebloans of Mesa Verde
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.