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 »
Educational Fee Waiver Information
Educational Fee Waiver Qualifications:
Since you are representing an educational institution, you may be eligible for a waiver of entrance fees. To qualify for a fee waiver, your group must meet the following three criteria:
To apply for an educational fee waiver, please complete the following Fee Waiver Application Form (pdf, 35 kb) using the criteria described above, and return it to us as soon as possible. If approved, an educational fee waiver will be granted for access into Mesa Verde National Park. A copy of the approved fee waiver will be faxed to you, and a second copy sent to the entrance gate for their records. Please allow 2 - 3 weeks for processing.
Since fee waivers are only for educational purposes, the following guidelines will be used in determining an appropriate number of chaperones eligible for a fee waiver. The number of chaperones allowed under a fee waiver is based on the age and grade level of the students. The ratios of eligible chaperones to students is 1:5 for elementary school; 1:12 for high school, and 1:20 for college students. Approved fee waivers will apply only to students and the appropriate number of chaperones as stated in these guidelines. Any additional chaperones will be required to pay the per person charge as applicable. (Go to Fees & Reservations for the entrance fee during the time of your visit.)
If you have further questions concerning fees at Mesa Verde National Park, do not hesitate to call us at (970) 529-4461. We hope you enjoy your visit to Mesa Verde National Park!
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.